- Our approach to teaching Geography is grounded in the three elements of our school vision: relationships, an innovative approach to teaching and having the highest expectations.
- Our aim is to inspire and challenge our children, through a safe and happy learning environment, to achieve excellent standards in Geography including all aspects of the National Curriculum objectives for Geography.
- Our innovative approaches are aimed at ensuring that all children, regardless of background or circumstance, are excited and engaged when learning Geography.
- We do this by ensuring that the learning is real, relevant and purposeful, including visits and field study. This is to ensure that all children, particularly those who are disadvantaged, have experiences and access to cultural capital to support their geographical knowledge and understanding. The pandemic has also impacted this for all our of children.
- To inspire a passion for learning in our children and build confidence to ask questions, take risks and extend their geographical knowledge
- For children 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 and geographical understanding they need to become responsible global changemakers
- To enable our children to articulate their learning confidently and to remember knowledge and vocabulary.
- To ensure that any gaps in learning, as a result of COVID, are closed and pupils meet age related expectations in Geography.
- To prepare and inspire children for further learning in Geography in secondary school and beyond.
- To immerse children in their learning through high quality texts linked to Geography.
- In EYFS, Geography is taught through a play-based curriculum that encourages the children to explore their local surroundings, observe features of their environment and identify some changes within the natural 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 completes 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.
- Curriculum design links to the local context so that geographical learning is relevant for our children and can be applied to real life contexts.
- There are regular opportunities for children to learn outdoors, undertaking fieldwork and applying their skills as geographers.
- There are regular opportunities for children to use maps, atlases and globes to learn about locational and place knowledge.
- 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 their learning.
- Geography is a subject driver for at least two learning missions each year. Global learning is part of all learning missions.
- The Opportunities Pledge ensures that every child has access to a wide range of opportunities that enhance the curriculum.
- Reading is integral to the teaching of Geography. Children use a range of fiction and non-fiction texts to support their Geography knowledge.
- The Geography curriculum is ambitious for children with SEND and those who are disadvantaged. Teachers identify gaps in prior knowledge and fill these by ensuring there are opportunities to revisit previously taught knowledge and skills or use resources to support their understanding.
- Pupils have a deep knowledge of the world they live in and how they can make a positive impact as global changemakers
- Pupils can access and follow an ambitious curriculum that has our vision for exceptionally high expectations as a driver.
- Standards in books and assessment outcomes are very strong.