“The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.

— Barack Obama.

BWJPS Approach to Geography

At Bury and Whitefield Jewish Primary School, we believe that the teaching of Geography should inspire pupils to have a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Geography is about the study of environments, landscapes and cultures. Through quality teaching and geographical investigations, pupils will develop geographical skills and enquiry, as well as knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments. They will have the opportunity to study the school, local environment and – as they progress – places further afield.

Geographical enquiry will help the children to learn about their immediate surroundings, the broader world and how the environment can affect their lives and determine decision making. The study of geography will help to develop a sense of identity and promotes responsible citizenship.

Geography Lead: Mr James Wilde

At BWJPS, we dedicate an hour a week to the teaching of geography. All skills are built on throughout the year and the school journey, with regular opportunities for retrieval built in. The children will be encouraged to use appropriate geographical language and skills and to undertake fieldwork in the locality. They will learn to follow directions, understand the characteristics of different localities and identify areas on maps and globes to develop an increasing understanding of their place in the world.

The ‘Programme of Study’ takes you directly to the relevant pages of the National Curriculum.

The ‘Curriculum Overview’ gives an overview of the units/ topics being covered within the subject. It shows you the year at a glance before describing each unit further (detailing the skills/ knowledge covered in each unit).

The ‘Progression Map’ details the skills and knowledge acquired in each year; highlighting how these progress from Nursery through to Year 6. This document includes a progression of key vocabulary.

The ‘End Points’ document shows the key objectives for this subject (within each year group) that are necessary for them to achieve ‘expected’.