Geography

 

Geography Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact 

 

Intent  

The intent of the geography curriculum is that our children will have a deep understanding of their local environment and the diverse surroundings in the wider world, with appreciation to human and physical characteristics.   

  

We will deliver a curriculum that:  

  • Inspires a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people   
  • Equips children with an understanding of diverse places, people, resources and environments around them  
  • Allows children to build on prior learning about physical and human processes and the formation and use of landscapes and environments  
  • Develops an understanding that the Earth’s features are interconnected and change over time  
  • Encourages exploration of their own environment and challenges pupils to make connections between their local surroundings and that of contrasting settlements    
  • Use local area and community to develop geographical skills and knowledge   
  • PSHE is to be thread where relatable in the form of ‘Big Questions’ inspiring topical debate on important issues 

  

Implementation  

The Geography programme of study provided by the National Curriculum has been broken down to ensure both progression and coverage across Key Stage 1 and 2.  The curriculum leader as well as SLT, will oversee the coverage of skills of geography across school. The team will ensure to monitor, evaluate and review the teaching and learning. In order to do this, learning walks, book scrutinies and discussions with pupils will take place frequently throughout the academic year.   

The teaching, learning and sequencing of the curriculum follows:   

  • A geography progression of skills (Focus Education) that is organised into four main themes: Geographical Enquiry; Physical Geography; Human Geography; Geographical Knowledge 
  • Each theme will be taught explicitly through exciting topics (linked to our History Curriculum), including links to other areas of the curriculum with a strong focus on understanding prior learning in order to build and secure knowledge, skills and understanding to ensure progression from EYFS – Y7 
  • Fieldwork allowing pupils to explore their local area  
  • A teaching sequence that begins with a ‘hook’ (Entry point), builds knowledge and skills based on starting points assessed in the knowledge harvest, and concludes with a reflection including trips and showcases to an audience in the form of a class assembly 
  • Continuous CPD for teachers to ensure their skills and knowledge is developed to teach the skills confidently and accurately   
  • Pupils draw comparisons of different communities across the world, with a focus in covering MRA demographics, in order to get a better understanding of how geography effects humans in a global context 

  

 

Impact  

  • Opportunities for children to explore the outdoor learning environments, both within the school grounds and local community   
  • Continued training and support for teachers ensuring they are the experts in the subjects that they teach   
  • There will be a clear progression of skills across Key Stage 1 and 2 that builds on prior knowledge that can be demonstrated in books  
  • Our children will be confident geographers and be able to clearly discuss their learning from past and current topics, as well as explain their next steps   
  • Out-of-class opportunities ensure geography is ongoing and embedded as part of the MRA ethos e.g. Eco Warriors which provides children to take responsibility for looking after their environments