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 subject leader, will oversee the coverage of skills of geography across school. They will ensure to monitor, evaluate and review the teaching and learning. In order to do this, learning walks, book looks 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 that is organised into five main themes: Map Making; Enquiry and Investigation; Locational Knowledge; Human and Physical Geography and Following Directions and Maps for each year group
- Each theme will be taught explicitly through exciting topics, including links to other areas of the curriculum
- Fieldwork allowing pupils to explore their local area
- A teaching sequence that begins with a ‘hook’, builds knowledge and skills and concludes with a reflection including trips and showcases to an audience
- CPD for teachers to ensure their skills and knowledge is developed to teach the skills confidently and accurately.
- Opportunities for children to explore the outdoor learning environments, both within the school grounds and local community, including Eckington woods
- 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
Foundation Stage geography is where children begins to gain a wider experience of the world around them. They will learn through first-hand experiences to explore, observe, problem solve, predict, think critically, make decisions and talk about the creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments.
The teacher asks open-ended questions, for example, “What can you see here?” to help the children to think and make connections between ideas. Children learn about seasons, the weather, features in the local area and the buildings that surround them. They may be shown photographs of the local area to help them identify features, for example a library, railway, church or mosque. They will also be encouraged to record their findings, perhaps through drawing, writing, and modelling
We aim for the impact of Geography teaching to be a love of the outdoors, nature, maps and the world as a place to safely explore.
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