In line with the 2014 National Curriculum for geography, our curriculum is designed for a broader, deeper understanding of the four areas of geography. It develops contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places and understanding of the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, along with how they bring about variation and change over time. We aim to develop children’s curiosity and a fascination of the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Throughout the school we offer a range of opportunities for investigating places around the world as well as physical and human processes. During their time at school, we intended to improve children’s geographical vocabulary, map skills and geographical facts and provide opportunities for consolidation, challenge and variety to ensure interest and progress in the subject.
As a school we work closely to make sure that children are building on both geographical skills and knowledge each year. Through revisiting and consolidating skills, we aim to help children build on prior knowledge alongside introducing new skills and challenge. All children expand on their skills in local knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography, geographical skills and fieldwork. Across both key stages, children have a range of opportunities to experience geography through practical engaging tasks beyond the classroom. Our children take part in a range of school trips and experiences to allow them to gain knowledge and experiences that they would not encounter in everyday life. We display our school trip experiences on a display board in the Key Stage 2 corridor, this way children can share their experiences with other peers and visitors to the school.
We want to ensure that geography learning is loved by teachers and pupils across the school. By the end of their time with us all children will be able to use geographical vocabulary accurately and understand the different strands of geography, with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Children will begin to make relevant links from geography to other curriculum subjects, such as history and science. They will improve their enquiry skills and inquisitiveness about the world around them, and their impact on the world. 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. Children will become competent in collecting, analysing and communicating a range of data gathered. They will be able to interpret a range of sources of geographical information and they will communicate geographical information in a variety of ways. All children in the school will be able to speak confidently about their geography learning, skills and knowledge.