Curriculum Vision and Geography
All of the elements of our curriculum intent statement underpin our teaching of Geography. However, Geography provides particular opportunities for teaching the following aspects of our intent statement.
Purpose of Study
A high-quality Geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
The National Curriculum for Geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
Organisation of Teaching
The Geography curriculum is carefully and coherently sequenced to enable our children to develop a growing knowledge of the themes outlined above. Pupils’ knowledge builds towards clearly defined end points so everyone knows what we expect our pupils to achieve by the end of each topic, each year and each key stage. To meet the educational needs of our school community we have selected the following core knowledge concepts as a focus for our teaching. These are explored in increasing depth as pupils move through the school.
In Reception class Geography is taught as part of the ‘Understanding the World’- ‘The World’ area of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Further details of how the Early Years curriculum is organised can be found on our Early Years policy.
In Years 1 to 6 Geography is taught as a discrete subject, though meaningful links are made with other subjects in our curriculum, for example, Maths-Mapping skills, Science-The Water Cycle. The topics we teach are outlined in the curriculum map for Geography (see Appendix 1). This is published on our website.
To support high quality knowledge rich lessons, the school subscribes annually to Digimap-A digital mapping service. All teaching materials are adapted to meet the requirements of our Christian vision and curriculum intent.