Our Geography curriculum teaches our children about our world, its people and their place in it. We inspire our children to be curious about our planet and to learn how both natural events and human activity can change it. Through our Geography curriculum, our children learn about our local area, our country, our continent and the wider world. Our children explore our local area, conducting fieldwork locally as well as learning about places that are further away using atlases, maps, videos and images, including hearing the voices of local people. Opportunities are provided to learn about other cultures and areas of the world that may be similar or quite different to ours, helping children to develop a greater understanding of the diversity of the world.
Geography is taught in blocks from Year 1 to Year 6. One Geography block will be taught each term of the Year. Each of these blocks have been planned using a Big Question, which follows throughout the block of work. Teachers then plan the key knowledge and skills of each lesson. Consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. Key knowledge is repeated and developed in order for children to build on previous learning. By the end of year 6, children will have had the opportunity to investigate a range of places, developing their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes with opportunities to investigate and enquire in order to develop a real sense of their heritage and who they are and their place within the wider world around them. Through increasing children’s knowledge of other cultures, a respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multicultural country and world are developed. The local area is also fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice. Planning is informed by and aligned with the national curriculum. In addition, staffs have access to Twinkl, Plan Bee, CGP materials and resources; however, teachers lesson design is not limited by this and is informed by wider research. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. Outcomes of work are regularly monitored to ensure that they reflect our curriculum and a sound understanding of the key concepts and identified knowledge.
Standards in Geography are high, with the majority of children achieving age related expectations or above. Children are able to make connections to real life contexts based on their geographical knowledge, including links to their local area and how it has been shaped.
They become reflective geographers, understanding their impact as a citizen on the wider world and acting positively within their local community. Recorded work shows a high standard of achievement, using a range of presentation methods.