INTENT – Our Vision for Geography:
Through Geography, we aim to inspire curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will continue throughout their lives. We aim to equip children with knowledge about diverse places, people and environments, both close and far away. Our aim is that as our children progress, their growing knowledge about the world will deepen and links between physical and human processes will help them make sense of the world that they live in and how it has changed overtime.
Our Curriculum reflects the ethos & aims of the school as well as the context from which our children derive. This means that our curriculum provides the necessary building blocks to develop the necessary knowledge and skills, whilst also promoting British Values, healthy lifestyles and mental wellbeing, plus excellent behaviour and attitudes. It is underpinned with a large emphasis on SMSC development, a strong practical outworking for others in line with our Christian ethos, whilst also building character and readiness for the next stages of education and the learning journey beyond.
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IMPLEMENTATION – Geography Planning & Sequencing of Knowledge & Skills:
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Aims of the National Curriculum in Geography:
The overarching aim for Geography in the national curriculum is for children to:
- develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
- understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
- be competent in the geographical skills needed to:
- collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
- interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
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Learning Experience: What is the breadth of experience provided for our children?
- Quality First teaching: variety of teaching styles & varied stimulus
- Quality Resources: Books, online resources, physical equipment & programmes
- Experiences: field trips, Geography lessons, cross curricular learning and lessons (links with Science, History, Maths and Literacy), field work plus Woodland Workshop activities.
Resources: What resources are used to support the teaching & learning of this subject?
- Teachers lessons (flipcharts, power points, resources and activities)
- Field Work (trips, around school)
- Woodland area & the associated resources, e.g. compass
- ORR resources in PE
- Atlases (library/some in classrooms)
Links with other Subject Areas: What links are made between this & other subject areas?
- Strong links with Woodland Workshop
- Maths (cardinal direction and positional language)
IMPACT of our Geography Curriculum:
We aim for our teaching of Geography to have a great impact on the lives of our children not only academically, but also in laying the foundations for social mobility through the promotion of British Values and SMSC & getting them ready for the next stages of their education.
Readiness for Next Stage of Education: How does this subject prepare our children for the next stage of their educational journey at secondary school & beyond?
We endeavour to ensure that the sequence of content enables our children to progress whilst they are with us but also to provide the building blocks necessary to build on at secondary school and their learning journey beyond. Underlying all of this is our emphasis on Leaning Culture which provides the underlying principles of attitude, resilience and character. All children will realise that they have choices to make in the world, developing a positive commitment to the environment and the future of the planet.
Promotion of Social Mobility: How does this subject promote social mobility?
Our aim is that no child is disadvantaged by their background situation and that, as a school, we provide everything that a child needs so that there is no cumulative dysfluency or gaps in learning. As a result, we ensure that children have a broad range of curriculum experiences, free access to a wide variety of books, multiple opportunities to speak as well as listen, plus our curriculum is designed in order to boost general as well as subject specific vocabulary.
Promotion of British Values & SMSC: How does this subject promote British Values & SMSC?
Through our rich and varied curriculum, we ensure that our children are well equipped for life in modern Britain and, through subject linkage have an excellent understanding of Geographical knowledge, Democracy, the Rule of Law, Responsibility and Liberty, Mutual Respect plus Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. Our Curriculum is driven by SMSC Development and, as a result, pupils thrive – enjoying their lives, learning and want to make a difference for others.
Assessment: How is Geography assessed?
- Teacher assessment
- Peer assessment
Monitoring & Evaluation: How do we know we have been successful?
- Lesson observations
- Results / Data Analysis
- Work scrutiny
Long Term Memory: How English impact on long term memory?
- Revision & recapping
- Success Criteria
- Feedback / reflection from marking
- Repeated recall
- Curriculum Mats
- Links & connections with other subject areas plus old & new knowledge
- Recaps of previous learning in new topics/year groups.