Our intent is to inspire children to develop a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We want children to develop geographical skills and communicate information in a variety of ways.
Our intent for our Geography approach is for children to:
- For pupils to achieve excellent standards in geography
- To inspire a passion for learning in our children and build confidence to ask questions, take risks and extend their geographical knowledge.
- For pupils to be equipped 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.
- To equip our children with the knowledge they need to become global changemakers.
- To remember knowledge and vocabulary and make excellent progress throughout primary school, into secondary school and beyond.
We implement Geography through:
- In EYFS, the foundations of Geography learning are implemented by exploring the natural world around us. Adults use books and interactions with the children to discuss weather and seasons. There are opportunities to discuss similarities and differences between contrasting environments. The environment is enhanced with maps, globes and non-fiction texts to promote interest and curiosity in countries and cities around the world.
- Geography is taught through cross-curricular ‘Learning Missions’. The curriculum is mapped from Understanding the World in EYFS to Year 6. The curriculum progresses each year (See curriculum progression document).
- Learning Missions include ‘focus tasks’ which every child linked to National Curriculum objectives. The children then have a choice of additional activities to further learning, practise retrieval and apply their knowledge to different contexts.
- Learning Missions begin with a launch to spark children’s interests, engage them in their learning and end with a landing to celebrate the learning journey. High quality core texts are used to further enhance the curriculum.
- Knowledge organisers are used to ensure key knowledge and vocabulary is introduced. Teachers ensure that knowledge organisers build on previous learning and that pupils remember.
- Geography is a subject driver for at least two learning missions each year. Global learning is part of all learning missions.
- There are regular opportunities to learn outdoors, undertaking fieldwork and using geographical equipment.
The National Curriculum provides a structure and skill development for the Geography curriculum being taught. This is linked to our Learning Missions to provide a creative approach, which reflects a balanced programme of study.
The impact of our Geography approach is that children are equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the next key stage and for their future life as an adult in the wider world.