Geography is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum, which is the study of the dynamic interaction between humans and their environments. The fundamental knowledge, skills, tools and understanding of the subject are set out in the National Curriculum guidelines. It is an enquiry-based subject that will be taught each term in conjunction with other curriculum areas as part of our creative curriculum.
All pupils are entitled to access the Geography curriculum at a level appropriate to their needs arising from race, gender, ability or disability, and all Geography lesson plans will therefore be differentiated to meet the needs of the children in each class. Fieldwork/school visits and workshops will be planned for throughout the children’s time at school and, where necessary, will be adapted to meet the individual requirements of identified pupils.
Through our teaching of Geography, we aim to:
- Develop the children’s Geographical knowledge, skills and understanding through enquiry based learning and outcomes
- Increase their knowledge and understanding of the changing world in which they live and how physical and human Geography interact
- Increase their knowledge locally, nationally and internationally enabling them to identify key counties, countries, oceans etc...
- Stimulate pupils' interest in and curiosity about their surroundings
- Encourage our pupils to ask questions and propose solutions to environmental problems in their immediate and wider environments, thereby fostering a sense of responsibility for the Earth and its resources
As with our entire subject teaching, we do not teach Geography in isolation to other curriculum areas; we relate the work undertaken to real life situations as part of their current topic area, and we also aim to:
- Improve pupils' skills in English, History, Maths and Computing
- Develop pupils' thinking skills
- Promote pupils' awareness and understanding of gender, cultural, spiritual and moral issues
- Develop pupils as active and responsible citizens within their own and wider communities
Strategies for the teaching of Geography
- Teaching and Learning in Geography will take place through the use of a variety of different pedagogical approaches, resources, experiences and take into account all learning styles
- Areas and aspects of Geography are chosen by each year group dependent on their termly topics and ensure coverage that can be viewed on each year group's medium term plans
- The work in Geography is a mixture of class teaching, working cooperatively in groups and individual work
- Groups are usually of mixed ability and are encouraged to communicate their findings in a variety of ways
- Fieldwork school visits are a meaningful and integral part of the curriculum
- Geographical work is recognised in general displays in classrooms and in the communal areas around the school
When teaching Geography we:
- Have clear learning intentions and always explain what we want pupils to know, understand and be able to do through the Geography they are developing
- Often use key questions to direct pupils' thinking / enquiry, including higher order questioning
- Use a variety of resources and activities to ensure each pupil can learn effectively
- Use introductory sections, mini plenaries and full plenaries to ensure students fully understand what they are learning, how they learn, how well they are progressing and where their learning will next lead to
- Use a range of specialist and appropriate Geographical language to support learning
- Children will be given the opportunities to increase their knowledge, skills and understanding of digital mapping
We hope that the information within these pages is useful and provides parents with useful support, information and resources to aid home learning.