Geography Curriculum Statement
Geography is an essential part of the National Curriculum. It provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved; it explores the relationship between the Earth and its people; it stimulates curiosity and imagination. We aim to build children’s geographical awareness by developing key skills, understanding and knowledge of the world.
At Heytesbury CofE Primary School, our geography intent is to develop in our pupils a curiosity and fascination about their own locality, the wider world and its people. We aim to equip pupils with knowledge about their own area and country as well as about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Children will have an understanding of diversity, disparity, connections and values.
Our intent is to ensure a coherently planned and sequenced curriculum that works towards cumulatively providing the necessary knowledge and skills for the pupils’ future to empower them to take their role as informed and active citizens in the 21st century, ensuring an understanding of sustainability to safeguard the future of mankind.
We aim to:
• develop children’s geographical knowledge, understanding and skills;
• develop a sense of place, enabling children to make comparisons with other places;
• help children appreciate the inter-relationships between human and physical processes and their impact on people and environments;
• help children develop an informed concern about and sense of responsibility for the quality of their environment, local and global;
• help children develop an awareness of and sensitivity towards other cultures, both within the UK and worldwide;
• encourage children to pose geographical questions and develop the strategies and skills needed to answer them.
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them – from visiting parks, libraries and museums to meeting important members of society.
Geography in both key stage 1 & 2 will develop:
• locational knowledge
• place knowledge
• human and physical geography
• geographical skills and fieldwork
EYFS children are expected to show knowledge of ‘people, culture and communities as well as ‘the natural world’. The children have opportunities to participate in adult-led and child initiated structured play activities to develop this geographical understanding. They also have first-hand experiences including school trips and visitors to enhance their learning within this specific area. In addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world. Staff also ensure that meaningful cross-curricular links are made with specific areas of learning e.g. literacy and maths.
Key Stage One & Two
Geography is taught through a half termly topic approach within a rolling programme. These topics have been mapped to the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Geography, with links made to the local area and region where possible. Links are also made, where appropriate, with other subjects.
Within our geography curriculum, we place an emphasis on vocabulary development so that children may confidently articulate their growing knowledge and understanding. This is balanced with the development of skill progression across the school.
The children’s geography learning is supported through a variety of teaching approaches as well as through different experiences and activities, these include for example:
· the use of primary/secondary sources of information, for example, maps, photographs, video clips
· digital resources, for example Google Earth
· field work in the local area
· field work further afield, for example, to study a coastal area
Recording children's work
Children have humanities books in KS1/2 in which they record their learning.
The impact of our geography curriculum is to ensure that the children not only acquire the appropriate age-related knowledge linked to geography, but also skills which equip them to progress from their start points and so be able to access further learning within primary school and beyond.
All children will have:
- a wider variety of skills linked to geographical knowledge and understanding;
- a richer vocabulary which will enable them to articulate their understanding of taught knowledge and concepts;
- a curiosity for the world around them which will enable them to be inquisitive and question new learning as well as question and challenge observations from their own environment and further afield;
- an understanding of how various places and various people can be similar but can also be different, and yet be connected;
- an awareness of sustainability in order to safeguard the world and its future.