Vision for Geography at OJS
At Oatlands Junior School, we aim to inspire in our pupils a lifelong curiosity about the world and its people. Through high quality learning experiences, all pupils will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to explore the world on their doorstep and beyond.
Long Term Plan
Geography Subject Leader - Emily Mansfield
How is geography taught at and what does it look like at OJS?
Geography skills and knowledge are taught through topic based work here at Oatlands Junior School. Topics are taught and entwined in the curriculum either termly or half termly, alternating with the children's history lessons.
During Geography sessions, children build upon their learning – year on year – through a development of:
- Location knowledge
- Place knowledge
- Human and physical geography
- Geography skills and fieldwork
This is achieved through a variety of whole-class teaching, group activities and individual tasks. Within these lessons, students will be given the opportunity to practise, consolidate and extend their Geographical skills, as well as critically evaluate the work of their peers.
What will your child leave OJS knowing, understanding and appreciating in geography?
By the end of your child's time here with us at Oatlands Junior School, they will have had a rich and varied experience through the teaching and learning of geography.
Children can confidently use fieldwork to observe, measure and record findings of human and physical features in our local area using sketch maps, plans and digital technologies, through yearly fieldwork trips into the local area and beyond. In Year 4 the children complete a survey of our local area and in Year 6 the children further these skills on their residential trip to East Barnby.
Year on year and even lesson by lesson, children build upon their location and place knowledge. We always talk about where things occur, whether this be in history lessons, English lessons or even science lessons. Children can confidently locate places in atlases on maps and using digital technologies.
What do pupils at OJS think about geography?
'I love learning about the rainforest and all of our learning is about it!' ~ Year 3 Pupil
'We learn about the local area and about mountains, rivers and coasts. I have learnt so many new facts!' ~ Year 4 Pupil
'We have been comparing people and places - where we live is very different to towns in other countries! We are also learning about climate change, there is lots we can to to help.' ~ Year 5 Pupil
'I have learnt lots about the world around me in our topic, Earth Matters'. ~ Year 6 Pupil