Geography

 At St Joseph’s we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The Cornerstones geography curriculum enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops and understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. The curriculum is designed develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at St Joseph’s and also to their further education and beyond.

Helpful Websites:-

Up to date weather forecasts http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather

Activities, games and stories about Barnaby Bear’s travels for KS1  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/barnabybear

Newsround world current events http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/world/default.stm

Newsround UK current events http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/uk

KS2 geography support materials http://www.channel4.com/learning/microsites/E/essentials/geography/qmenu.shtml

Environmental themes
The children’s section has many useful facts, activities and animations and includes sections on: air, energy, land, climate change, people and lifestyles, resources and waste, water and wildlife.
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/fun/?lang=_e

Mapping
An introduction for Key Stage 2 on how maps work and how to interpret them. It includes these 8 sections: starting mapping, symbols, compasses and directions, grid references, understanding scale, measuring distance, relief and contour lines and compass bearings. http://mapzone.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/index.html

Local street maps including a ‘find my nearest’ function, which can be used to locate features e.g. schools, list them and link them to a map. http://www.upmystreet.co.uk/

Search for local street maps by postcode, OS grid reference, place name or street name. Maps are extendable in eight compass directions.  http://www.streetmap.co.uk/

Online mapping site which includes eye level ‘Streetview’ http://maps.google.co.uk/

Maps resized to show population sizes, income, etc. http://www.worldmapper.org/

World Atlas https://www.worldatlas.com/

Distant locations 
Very child-friendly site for understanding development issues.  http://www.globaleye.org.uk/

Excellent site for global citizenship issues. Children’s pages include details of the history, geography and environment, people and society and a fact file for 14 countries), ‘children’ (exploring the lives of children in less developed countries) and ‘food’ (issues such as farming and fair trade). http://www.oxfam.org.uk/coolplanet/kidsweb/index.htm

Includes a range of resources for information supporting distant locality studies.    http://www.actionaid.org.uk/

Fair Trade https://schools.fairtrade.org.uk/take-action/fairtrade-fortnight-2021/

Images
The Geograph® Britain and Ireland project aims to collect geographical photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland, and you can be part of it. http://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=41689877

Photographic images of countries which can be selected by continent, then by country.  http://www.travel-images.com/

UK, Europe and USA images http://www.freefoto.com/

Panoramic images http://www.panoramas.dk/

Google Earth https://earth.google.com/web/