GEOGRAPHY

“Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future,”

Michael Palin

 

Intent

Geography has always been held in high regard at Todwick Primary School. We aim for our geography curriculum to be engaging, meaningful and inspiring to our pupils throughout their journey through primary school. We strive to provide a curriculum that develops pupils’ knowledge and curiosity about the world and helps them to understand their place within it.

Implementation

Our geography curriculum is bespoke and has been developed by staff ensuring the coverage of objectives outlined in the 2014 National Curriculum. To ensure the children receive the highest standard of teaching and learning in geography, we implement a progressive curriculum throughout school which has been carefully developed to revisit both substantive and disciplinary knowledge and skills. At its heart, geography is an investigative subject and our curriculum gives the children the opportunity to develop their geographical knowledge, skills and understanding through the use of enquiry and fieldwork. We believe in the importance of igniting the children’s interest in the subject by teaching geography in creative and meaningful ways and incorporating outdoor learning where ever possible. We are also committed to arming our children for the world of the future. Our children are passionate about the environment around them and we want to encourage them to become responsible citizens who care about the future of our planet.  Our geography lessons are carefully planned to allow all children to access the learning objective. To ensure this, appropriate scaffolds are implemented by individual teachers to allow all learners including those with SEND to accomplish and achieve in the subject.

Educational visits provide unforgettable learning experiences outside of the classroom. We are proud to have taken our children to a variety of places that fuel their curiosity for geography. Similarly, we enjoy inviting visitors to our school to provide interactive, hands on learning opportunities for children in all year groups. The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum provides basis upon which knowledge and skills are built. This links closely with the rest of the school's curriculum and is progressive in its development. 

Impact

Outcomes in history work, photographs and displays evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge and skills. Children review the agreed successes at the end of every geographical enquiry where they are given opportunities to demonstrate their understanding in a range of contexts with support from their teachers. Children also record what they have learned comparative to their starting points at the end of every topic. Emphasis is placed on analytical thinking and questioning which helps children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of place, scale, processes, inter-connections and sustainability of their immediate environment and the wider world.  Through this study pupils learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Through our carefully planned geography curriculum, we aim to inspire an interest in the physical and human that the children to carry through their time at Todwick Primary School.

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