Geography

At Mengham Junior School, we inspire children to develop key geographical skills. We believe that all children have the right to build upon their basic knowledge of the world, where they live and the locations around them. We use hands on learning and observation, which involves both classroom and fieldwork based tasks.

Throughout their time at Mengham Junior school, we equip our children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments. We enable them to gain a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes and how they are inter-connected. These processes include climate zones, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, types of settlement and land use, economic activity and the distribution of natural resources. 

Through our School Houses, (MacArthur, Nelson, Shackleton and Ainslie) our children will develop their knowledge and understanding of and beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. They will also develop their geographical skills which include using and understanding a range of maps; navigating using ordnance survey maps and fieldwork techniques. 

For more information regarding the geography curriculum, please visit the Department for Education page: Geography KS2. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239044/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Geography.pdf

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Year Group

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 3

 

Focus person: Admiral Nelson

Focus region/place knowledge: Europe

Focus topic/human and physical knowledge: Mountains

 

‘Looking Local’

LQ: Where would be the best location for lunch?

(Fieldwork – school grounds)

‘How Similar are the Amazon and the Ems?’

A comparison between the Amazon river and the river Ems, with a consideration for rivers, waterfalls and meanders as well as the processes of the water cycle itself.

 

Year 4

Focus person: Ellen MacArthur

Focus region/place knowledge: South America

Focus topic/human and physical knowledge: Volcanoes

 

 

‘Looking Local’

LQ: Which location would you prefer to live?

(Fieldwork – perimeter of school grounds)

How well do you know your UK?’

An in depth study of the UK focusing on its land use, major cities, changes over time and evaluating the question: ‘How great is our capital city?’

 

Year 5

 

Focus person: Ben Ainslie

Focus region/place knowledge: North America

Focus topic/human and physical knowledge: Earthquakes

 

‘Looking Local’

LQ: How well do the shops of the area serve the needs of the local community?

(Fieldwork – Mengham shops)

 

 

‘Are we heading for a natural resource catastrophe?’

A worldwide study of the world’s natural resources, energy distribution and its possible problems and solutions.

Year 6

 

Focus person: Shackleton

Focus region/place knowledge: Antarctica

Focus topic/human and physical knowledge: Energy / resources

‘Looking Local’

LQ: How positive is tourism for Hayling Island?

 

(Fieldwork – Hayling arcade)

 

 

Is the pattern clear?’

A contrasting study of time zones and countries which looks at a journey around the world; through Russia and along the Trans-Siberian Railway.