Mrs Banks is the Geography leader at All Saints
Geography forms part of our foundation subjects within our curriculum at All Saints C of E Primary School. We strive to create a culture that is inclusive and engages all pupils. We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities and experiences that enable all children to achieve their personal best and to gain knowledge and understanding of places in the world. We provide a safe and supportive environment for all children to flourish in a range of different activities to promote their emotional, spiritual, social and moral development, and to increase children’s knowledge of other cultures and, in so doing, teach a respect and understanding of what it means to be positive citizen in a multi-cultural country
Our curriculum aims to improve the understanding and curiosity of children about the world around them. Children develop the knowledge, skills and competence to learn graphic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps; to enable children to know and understand environmental problems at a local, regional and global level; to encourage in children a commitment to sustainable development and an appreciation of what ‘global citizenship’ means; to develop a variety of other skills, including those of enquiry, problem solving, ICT, investigation and how to present their conclusions in the most appropriate way.
We encourage our children to transfer our school values of Achieve, Respect, Include Support, Enjoy into all of our learning activities to create a positive attitude towards each other as well as linking with the core concept of British Values and our responsibilities to our wider community.
At All Saints C of E Primary we provide challenging and enjoyable learning through our Cornerstones Curriculum. Cornerstones offers fantastic, interesting projects intended to engage all children into every subject. Geography is taught throughout a series of topics across year groups following the national curriculum guidance to ensure a broad and balanced coverage of all objectives.
Every Geography lesson taught within school will contain a challenge for the children to complete to extend and expand upon their main learning. This challenge will be visible for the pupils and communicated with the children by the class teacher. Additionally, we aim for Geography lessons to provide more opportunities for extended writing - allowing children to practise their writing for different genres and audiences.
Holiday homework will include activities which link to the local area and encourage engagement with the local area and the world beyond. We will also use our Curriculum challenges (completed as extra work during term time) to extend our learning when based on a geography themed topic.
At All Saints C of E Primary School, we ensure that our Geography curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a range of contexts. Geography helps children to make sense of the world around them and piques their curiosity in places and people, and we aim to foster that curiosity in all children not only through the skills taught, but through making the learning cross curricular. Geography is an enquiry based subject and Fieldwork is a vital part of geographical learning. Through children being out in the wider community, working around the school, its grounds, surrounding environment and local area, it is a fantastic way of building cultural capital and understanding of the responsibilities we have to be good citizens. We aim for all Year 6 pupils to leave school with an understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. They should develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge. We aspire for children to enjoy Geography and develop a love of culture, the environment and the world around them.
How can you support your children in Geography?
- Watch current affairs programmes such as Newsround - https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/news/watch_newsround
- Go and explore the landscapes around you as a family – it doesn’t matter if you live in an urban environment or a rural one.
- A holiday can also turn into a learning experience for children – talk about the weather, the coastline, the differences between coast and the mainland, pick up shells, discuss how fossils might have formed there.
- If your child is older, they could keep a journal of their holidays or conduct their own experiments.
- If you are able to, buy a globe or atlas of the world. Alternatively, download Google Maps and allow your child to explore new locations with you.
- Talk to your child about the world, tell them about different countries you would like to visit / have visited and discuss capital cities.
- Look at travel magazines or TV programmes about other countries.
Useful websites where children can learn more about Geography:
Jump Start BBC Geography