Geography at Orchard Meadow

Our Intent

At Orchard Meadow the geography curriculum will lay the foundations of knowledge and understanding to ensure that children become tolerant, confident and caring global citizens. We aim to inspire curiosity and fascination with the world around us and the world beyond our current experience. Children will develop a sense of identity based on their knowledge of the world and their place within it.

Through our drivers and linked enquiry questions children are taught about different places, people, resources and environments; have the opportunities to think deeply about the challenges that humans and our planet face and develop their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and how these shape the Earth’s features over time.

As with all subjects in the Orchard Meadow Curriculum, choices about content have been carefully considered and 'stress-tested' against our curriculum drivers. For example, pupils develop an understanding of people's Determination through a case study of North American First Peoples in the Year 3 unit: How do people survive in a frozen world?  Our Respect driver underpins Year 6 work on climate change with the enquiry question: Who's right: Greta Thunberg or Donald Trump? 

Since geography is about engaging directly with the world around us we have endeavoured to include local links, where appropriate, in our curriculum content choices. Map skills are developed across the year groups with opportunities to practise 'on the ground' through orienteering, route plotting and geo-caching. Oxford Mini are close neighbours, so pupils learn about the global reach of industry and the many processes and air miles involved in constructing a Mini as part of the Year 6 unit: How many countries does it take to make a Mini Cooper?

An overarching enquiry question binds each unit together and links back to our drivers. Each unit then has a question to act as a stimulus for the unit.

Implementing our vision

Please click here to view our Geography Curriculum Overview to find out more about what our pupils study and how curriculum content is mapped against core geographical skills;

Our Geography Roadmap shows how content is built progressively;

And, our Geography Skills Progression Document shows how Geographical skills build over year groups from Nursery to Year 6. 

We are committed to delivering our curriculum effectively against the 5C's: content, creativity, compassion, community and cohesion. See the individual unit plans ('5C's documents') below which detail lesson content, core and deepening skills and how each unit is linked to our drivers and enquiry questions. Knowledge Organisers summarise key learning and are shared with pupils and parents at the start and end of the unit. 

 

Nursery

Where in the world are you from?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

Where has the snow gone?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

Where in the world could you go?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

Reception

What's the weather like today?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

Where do you live Mr Tiger?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

How do you build a house?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

Year 1

How do I get to Orchard Meadow?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

What is the United Kingdom?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

If we're not in the UK, where are we?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

Year 2

How can predicting the weather save lives?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

Would you prefer to live in a hot or cold desert?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

What happens when a road becomes a river?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

Year 3

Could you plot a route through the desert?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

Are people mad to climb mountains?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

How do people thrive in a frozen world?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

Year 4

Can you make a city earthquake-proof?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

What if you could design the perfect place to live?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

The Thames: friend or foe?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

Year 5

How do we maximise water as a resource?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

Is Oxford the greatest city in Europe?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

Could Blackbird Leys be a top tourist destination?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

Year 6

What if there were no rainforests?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

How many countries does it take to make a Mini Cooper?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

Who's right: Donald Trump or Greta Thunberg?

5C’s unit plan

Knowledge organiser

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