Introducing Geography in the Early Years
Wednesday, July 6, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Rationale of the day:
The Early Years Foundation Stage reforms to the Understanding the World educational programme, together with the new People, Culture and Communities Early Learning Goal have accentuated the need to establish strong and identifiable Geography provision at the foundation stage. The day will provide timely and valuable support for EYFS and Geography leads seeking to clarify their understanding and manage the implementation of the revised learning and development and assessment requirements for Geography in the EYFS.
Key Objectives – all colleagues will leave the day:
- Understanding the major concepts and skills that underpin Geography teaching and learning and how these help children make sense of the world at the foundation stage.
- Able to plan progression in geographical knowledge, understanding and subject vocabulary.
- Knowing how to ensure curriculum continuity, sequencing, and development with Key Stage 1 and across mixed aged classes.
- Recognising how the Characteristics of Learning and links to other Areas of Learning can be key drivers in developing geographical enquiry at the foundation stage.
- Having reviewed examples of learning enquiries using storytelling, talk, visits, role play and primary sources to develop a child’s spatial awareness.
- With an extensive range of CPD materials to support the development of effective practice amongst colleagues in their own schools and settings.
Tutors: David Weatherly and Sheena Wright
- David Weatherly is a School Improvement Adviser and an accomplished teacher at all stages of learning. He is the author of the award-winning Primary Connected History and Primary Connected Geography schemes published by Harper Collins.
- Sheena Wright is an EYFS Education Consultant and a former local authority Early Years Lead Adviser with over twenty years of successful teaching experience across the full primary age range.