GeographyGeography is about developing an understanding of our world, primarily through experience, investigation and learning from a range of sources. At St Olave’s we want to create a fascination about our interactions with the planet and generate a natural curiosity in young people.

Over the course of five years, we look at the place mankind has in the world in terms of settlement location, economic activities and our far too often destructive relationship with the environment. In gaining this understanding, our children are enabled to take responsibility for their role in society, which in turn, can be employed for the benefit of themselves and also for the fellow human beings, animals, and plants with which we share the planet.

We also believe that out in the field is where young people really see and learn, hence the number of field trips stretching from Headingley Water Works to Flamborough Head.

Curriculum

 

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J1

Maps: Features of a good map; OS symbols; 4-figure grid references; 8 points of compass; interpreting maps. British Isles; Northern England; Yorkshire & York (local area).

Settlement types: Our local area; plan of the school; world map; continents.

 

Investigating Mexico (link with history – Aztecs): The physical, human and environmental geography of Mexico (study of contrasting locality).

(Mexico cont.) Location; landscapes. Focus on Taxco; comparison with York. Rainforest.

J2

Water: Water cycle; treatment of water; filtration; water usage; field trip to Headingley Water Works.

Flooding: Looking why flooding occurs and the problems encountered in York due to flooding.

 

Weather: A brief introduction to weather types.

Africa: Case study, research and comparison with the UK.

J3

Coastlines: Weathering and erosion; waves; coastal landforms; coastal features on maps; coasts and human activity; coastal defences; field trip to Flamborough Head.

Maps: Scale; grid references; OS maps and relief; sketching maps; interpreting maps and charts.

Farming in the UKFarming systems; classifying farming; distribution of farming types; farm case study. 

Mountain environments: Defining mountains; global location; types of mountains; mountains and tourism; Mt Everest.

 

J4

Tectonic Processes: The Earth and tectonic plates; tectonic plate boundaries; types of volcanoes; effects of volcanic eruptions; case study; causes of earthquakes; impacts of earthquakes; recording earthquakes; case study; predicting and preparing for earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Settlement: Site and situation; settlement hierarchy; patterns and functions; maps and land use; London Docklands regeneration; settlement and urban transport problems.

Geographical Skills Jamboree: An in-depth study of the way a range of maps, graphs, diagrams and charts can help us understand geography and represent geographical data.

J5

Changing shopping habits: The geography of shopping; shopping hierarchies; the movement to out-of-town shopping centres and the decline of the CBD; independent field work study based on shopping habits in York.

China: A comprehensive study of the physical, human and environmental geography of China, and how these interact to create modern China; focus on Shanghai, Shenzhen and rural Sichuan Province; guided enquiry into China’s economic, social and cultural development.

Dynamic Earth: Global warming and Climate change; causes and human influences; change, danger and damage; problems and solutions;