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Lanchester Primary School

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Geography at Lanchester 


Geography is a  diverse subject that gives children the opportunity to learn about places, people, resources, environments and the effect of mankind all over the world. It inspires a curiosity and fascination about the world from an early age and at Lanchester we encourage the natural enthusiasm  for the subject and a passion for learning.


Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills.


Whilst it is important to have a geographical knowledge of the world , we also wish to enable children to become lifelong geographers who have the skills and attitudes to continue to appreciate the world around them. Children will also develop important geographical skills, such as being able to use a compass and four figure grid references to describe a location.


Our pupils have access to a diverse Geography curriculum that allows continuous development of key skills and geographical knowledge throughout their time at primary school.


Here are some examples of ways geography is brought to life for the children


  • Naming and locating the world’s seven continents and five oceans by using puzzle games and atlases.
  • Naming, locating and identifying characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas by talking to people of the different nationalites and watching video clips.
  • Spending time outside or going on trips to Cassiobury park to look at seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK and compare them with hotter and colder countries.
  • Using maps, atlases and globes to help us find places we have been to and where we would like to go to. 
  • Using compases when we go out for walks in Watford.
  • Using aerial photos to recognise human and physical features.
  • Drawing our own simple maps with basic symbols in a key.
  • Studying the geography of Lanchester school and its grounds.
  • Identifying and understanding the animals that share our environments and the effect we can have with a visit from the Zoolab or butterfly world.


How you can support your Geographers at home!


  • Provide your child with a map, atlas or globe and encourage them to use this to find out more about places and environments. Which countries are hot or cold? Can your child identify where different people come from, perhaps children in his or her class?
  • Read stories that include different geographical locations and ideas. Ideas include The Jungle Book (tropical rainforest) and Aladdin (desert).
  • Find the geography in your home. Where in the world did your furniture, ornaments or kitchenware come from? What materials were used? How far did they travel? Are there any environmental issues?
  • Is there geography in your family tree?
  • Where did the vegetables you’re eating come from?
  • Develop a geographical scrapbook. Take a walk in your local area and collect anything that represents or reflects the locality – people, plants, buildings, landmarks and so forth. Create a map.
  • Use postcards, posters and pictures to discuss other places. Think about where the image was taken. Are there any people in the image? What might their lives be like? What are they doing? What might they be saying? What objects are in the image and what are they for? What is the environment like?