At Southmead Primary School the vision for Geography is based on the concept that this subject gives us fantastic opportunities to learn about places (both terrestrial and marine), people, resources and natural and human environments. Learning about our world also gives pupils opportunities to think about their own experiences and celebrate the many different and vibrant cultures represented in our school.
At Southmead we link Geography to other areas of the curriculum, creating an engaging and creative learning experience. Cross-curricular learning helps children to deepen their understanding and of course have lots of fun!
Southmead is committed to providing rich curriculum experiences and we believe that Geography provides boundless opportunities to explore the world, understand our place in the wider global community and use critical thinking to consider the different, but interconnected needs of all inhabitants on our wonderful planet.
Spotlight on EYFS and KS1
In Early Years, the current topic is around the world, and the children have talked about different cultures and tasted different foods, as well as discussed what makes each of them unique and special!
In Year two, the children have been focusing on the painting ‘Tiger in a Tropical Storm’. They have used this picture to help them understand all about rainforests, such as their features, their importance and the effect humans can have on them. In the pictures you can see some of the wonderful posters the children created after discussing deforestation.
Spotlight on KS2
In Year six, the children have been focusing on the picture ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’, and specifically on Japan. Both classes have created different Japanese-inspired art such as Daruma dolls and origami, researched different aspects of Japanese life and have used atlases to map geographical features of Japan. They have also begun to compare Japan to the UK. This is done so that the children begin to gain an understanding of a culture different from their own, as well as notice that there are a great many similarities and connections between Japan, Japanese children’s lives and their own!
At Southmead, we are proud to belong to our school, bu and proud of our wonderful mixture of world cultures and traditions. We share our international recipes in the dining hall so others may enjoy them, we celebrate all different religions which help us to understand and value differences, and we become more aware and proud of the country we live in by exploring different aspects of the UK.
Early Years have recently had an Around-The-World day where they dressed up in clothes from a different nation and took part in a drama workshop which has helped them focus on different cultures.
Year Two have recently begun a partnership with Springville School in Kenya and aim to develop a regular correspondence with them!
Southmead was awarded the Intermediate Level for Developing Internationalism in the summer of 2018. This achievement recognises and celebrates:
•the broad range of cultures, faiths, home languages and interests within our school community
•our commitment to strengthening international activities within our curriculum
•developing children’s skills and outlooks which encourage positive engagement with others and their environment
•our vision of developing learners who 'Aim for the Stars', whilst being respectful of each other and the world around them
•an international dimension to the children’s learning experiences.
Click here to read how Geography at Southmead contributes to children's development in SMSC.