The study of Geography is to enable pupils to understand the interaction of human beings with their environments– at personal, local, regional, national and global scales.
The Geography Curriculum aims to inspire pupil’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. The teaching of Geography will equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people resources and natural human and natural environments, together with Earth’s key physical and human processes. Through the teaching of Geography, pupils will develop the geographical skills needed to collate, analyse and discuss data gathered through fieldwork, interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams and photographs and communicate geographical information in a variety of ways.
In Key Stage 1 pupils develop their knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality and use basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography. In Key Stage 2 pupils extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom, Europe and North and South America. They will also look at a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features and will develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.
Where possible, geographical days are arranged, geographical visitors come to the school, and offsite educational visits are organised. For example, a field trip to Ewell and European Languages Day. From talking to the children, it is evident that these enhance the children’s learning.
Teachers are required to plan and teach Geography each week. As part of the planning process, teachers need to plan for and consider the following:
- A knowledge organiser for each topic, which includes what they should already know, what they should know by the end of the topic and key vocabulary they should master.
- A cycle of lessons for each topic which plans for progression and depth (differentiation) and highlights the geographical skills used within the lesson.
- Assess children’s understanding at the end of each lesson.
- Assess their overall knowledge and understanding and grade whether they are working towards, expected or exceeding at the end of the school.
- Trips and visits from experts, where possible to enhance learning experience.
Our Geography curriculum is high quality, well planned and demonstrates progression. The children will show clear development of skills as well as an enthusiasm for finding out about the world. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be meeting the expected standards or working at greater depth. Teachers will show an enthusiasm for the subject and will endeavour to provide a range of exciting and stimulating activities for children. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- A reflection against age related expectations.
- Book scrutinies.
- Lesson observations.
- Pupil discussions about their learning.