The geography curriculum at Burlington Junior School aims to inspire in students a curiosity and fascination about the world that they live in. They are encouraged to understand and appreciate the differences between people, places, environments and cultures. Geography plays a key role in developing pupils’ global awareness. It helps pupils make sense of the world in which they live and to understand their role within a global society.
Burlington Junior School is fortunate to be part of a diverse, multicultural community and geography enables pupils to bring their own knowledge and experiences into the classroom. Lessons continue to develop pupils' knowledge of our local area as well as the wider world including the Amazon Rainforest, the Arctic Circle and the United States of America. Locations have been chosen to enable pupils to build on prior learning from Key Stage One and to support pupils in drawing comparisons.
Fieldwork, map work, critical thinking and computing resources (such as Digimaps) are used to develop geographical skills and support pupils in participating in fieldwork.
"I have enjoyed learning about Europe because we got to discover more about our own continent and we got to discover new things about different cultures."
Year 5 Pupil
Our Geography Learning Journey
The learning journey for geography follows the National Curriculum for geography in Key Stage Two. It begins from the point reached at the end of Key Stage One and builds knowledge through each year group.
"I have really enjoyed learning about rivers, especially how they carry rocks and soils."
Year 3 Pupil
"I have enjoyed learning about natural disasters because it has been really interesting to find out how they can affect people lives in a good way and in a bad way."
Year 6 Pupil
Enrichment in Geography
To support their learning, pupils take part in field studies and day trips. Pupils have opportunities to record and analyse the weather in New Malden using our weather station. Pupils also use atlases and Digimap online to develop their geographical skills and enhance their learning experience.
Assemblies, as well as learning in other subjects (e.g. D.T. and PSHE), enhances pupils' learning about sustainability and respect for the environment and other cultures.
Useful Learning Links
Geographical Association - Quizzes