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BurlingtonJunior School

Geography

   

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. Pupils are also able to explore locations which are relevant to our community, such as investigating mountain ranges in Korea, as well as in Europe when learning about mountains in Year 5. 

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 around the local area and London, as well as residential trips. In Year 3, pupils use their map skills to explore the technology in New Malden. In
Year 5, pupils visit Southsea as a contrasting location in the United Kingdom and learn more about the physical and human geography of this seaside town. 

Pupils have opportunities to record and analyse the weather in New Malden by using our weather station. The pupils also use atlases and Digimap online to develop their geographical skills and enhance their learning experience. Each class has their own 'eco-warrior' who work collaboratively to look after the school environment and encourage others to take care of our planet. 

"I have enjoyed using custard creams to show how the Earth's crust is formed and as an example of how earthquakes happen."

Year 6 Pupil

Useful Learning Links

BBC Bitesize - Geography

Google Earth

National Geographic Kids

Geographical Association - Quizzes

Ordnance Survey - Map Zone

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