Subject Leader: Mrs Brackenbury (Year 3 Class Teacher)
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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, engaging, and relevant to all pupils by delivering high-quality teaching, memorable learning experiences and opportunities for students to be curious about the world around them. Thus, students should be able to acquire a knowledge and understanding of geography that enables them to achieve their best.
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. We also aim to increase children’s awareness of other cultures and subsequently teach a respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multicultural country.
Within geography, children will become proficient at using geographical skills such as how to use, draw and interpret world maps or atlases. Furthermore, children will be provided with the opportunities to learn about and understand the environmental issues facing them at a local, regional and global level. Consequently, we hope to encourage a commitment to a sustainable future within the students and an appreciation of what 'global citizenship' means. Students will develop enquiry, problem solving, ICT and investigational skills that underpin geographical study and will learn how to present their conclusions in the most appropriate way.
Significantly, we encourage our children to transfer our school values, Achieve, Respect, Include, Support and Enjoy, into all of our learning activities to create a positive attitude towards learning and to their peers. Similarly, our core concept of the British values and our responsibilities to the wider community are further instilled into our students throughout our geography curriculum.
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, immerse and include 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 an accessible 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. Furthermore, children will have the chance to demonstrate what they have learnt within their lesson with an 'AFL' or 'Assessment For Learning' task at the end of their work. Additionally, we aim for Geography lessons to provide more opportunities for extended writing whereby children can practice their writing for different genres and audiences whilst perfecting their use of geographical terminology.
Holiday homework will include activities that encourage engagement with the local area and the world beyond. Likewise we 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, accessible, memorable, and captivating to enable children to develop fundamental geographical skills that they can apply to a range of contexts. Geography invites children to learn about the world around them and entices their curiosity in places, cultures and people that is fostered through cross-curricular learning throughout our Cornerstones Curriculum. Additionally, children can immerse themselves into fascinating enquiry-based fieldwork through working around and in the school grounds and the surrounding local area. Consequently children will build their cultural capital and embed an understanding of their responsibilities towards becoming well-rounded individuals.
By the end of Key Stage 1, we aim for all pupils to progress into Key Stage 2 with a general knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They should understand basic terminology relating to physical and human geography and start to be introducing geographical skills such as first-hand observation.
By the end of Key Stage 2, we aim for all students to leave with a knowledge and interest of the world around them, particularly including the United Kingdom, Europe and North and South America and their local surroundings. Furthermore, students should leave with memorable experiences of geography learning and vital geographical skills that will aid their education in the future.
Ultimately, we aspire for children to be inquisitive about the world, cultures and environment around them and to develop an enjoyment of geography.
How can you support your children in Geography?
- Watch current affair 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