Geography at Sandy Hill Academy

At Sandy Hill Academy, our vision is to provide children with opportunities to know that the world is full of wonders worth discovering. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures.

Geography teaching motivates children to find out about the physical world and enables them to recognise the importance of sustainable development for the future of mankind.

Please see the document links at the end of this page to learn about the full Geography Curriculum at Sandy Hill Academy. 
In Nursery, Geography learning is found within the Understanding the World strand of the EYFS curriculum. 
During this Autumn term the children in Nursery have been exploring natural resources found within our local environment. The children have been introduced to our 'Curiosity Cuboid' which contains different natural objects for the children to explore each week. 
"That birds nest has got fluffy bits on top." Nursery child, aged 4.
"I can see a birds nest!" Nursery child, aged 3.
In Reception, Geography is part of the 'Understanding the World' area of learning. Children are encouraged to explore the world around them using their senses. At Sandy Hill Academy, we provide enriching opportunities for children to explore natural materials and encourage children to be inquisitive about what they see, hear and feel. Through topic related learning children are immersed into creative and engaging play, sparked by interests and fascinations of the children.   
"I liked going around the big school" Reception Pupil aged 4.
Year 1
In Year 1, we have been learning about weather as part of our Seasonal Changes topic. We have learned about the different types of weather and how it can affect us as well as the seasonal weather patterns in the UK.
"I like Winter because Christmas is in Winter and you can build a snowman if it snows." Year 1 child, age 5.
"Greenland is a cold country so you have to pack warm clothes like a thick coat and a fluffy hat." Year 1 child, age 6.
Year 2
 In Year 2, we have been learning to identify the continents of the world and performed a poem to help us remember.  We really enjoying exploring the Water Village Kampong Ayer and comparing/contrasting with our local area. 
"The continents poem helps me to remember all of the continents." Year 2 pupil, age 6.
"I would love to travel to school by boat like they do in Kampong Ayer." Year 2 pupil, age 6. 
Year 3
 In Year 3, we began the year by investigating our big question - 'Why do some earthquakes cause more damage than others.' We compared the earthquakes which have occurred in Haiti and Chile to help us answer our big question. 
We have also revisited the worlds continents and oceans and located Egypt on a world map. We have looked more closely at North America - naming its countries and making comparisons with the UK. As part of our topic of Ancient Egypt we have learnt about the importance of The River Nile. 
Year 4
In Year 4, we have been learning all about sustainability in our Connected Geography lessons this term. The children created presentations about the different ways we can be more sustainable at home and in school and shared these with the class.
Year 5
In Year 5, we have learnt all about different aspects of Geography. We have learnt about lines of latitude and longitude and about different topographical aspects of the UK. We have also learnt about how different countries celebrate Christmas!
"I loved learning all about the countries in different continents and comparing them to ours." Year 5 child, aged 10.
Year 6
 In Year 6, we have been learning all about the countries and major cities of Europe. We have used longitude and latitude to locate them as well as applying this to our WW2 topic, where we split the axis and allies. Elsewhere, we have investigated the geography enquiry, Is Fair Trade Fair?
Here the children are in a country location battle.
Useful websites for Pupils and Parents/Carers 
Teaching and Learning Principles
Active Geography across the school
Geography Curriculum Overview
Skills Progression - Geography
Below are skills progression maps for Geography at Sandy Hill Academy:

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