Through our Geography curriculum, we aim to nurture and inspire pupil’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Our Geography curriculum will equip pupil with knowledge about diverse places ranging from Lacey Green, London, Britain and contrasting locations in Africa and South America. It encourages a holistic approach of how the world works and develops the skills of place and locational knowledge, human and physical geography, mapping, fieldwork, enquiry, investigation, communication and technology. We want our pupils to ask questions about the world and to evaluate how the activities of man have an impact on both the human and physical environment.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in Geography, we implement a curriculum that is progressive and cohesive throughout the whole school. We have created a Geography progression document which outlines the key skills and knowledge taught in each year group. In EYFS, Geography is taught through Understanding the world. Teachers provide children with a range of themes that give a vast array of geographical opportunities. Children are provided with a range of key texts and experiences to ensure there is a clear progression to the Y1 Geography curriculum.
For KS1 and KS2, Geography is taught as part of termly or half termly topics. Key content and vocabulary is identified through knowledge organisers in order that pupils can revise and recap previous learning over the course of the topic. Explicit teaching of vocabulary further deepen pupils’ understanding of geographical concepts. Children are given the opportunity at the start of each topic to make notes about what they already know. Finally, at the end of the lesson sequence children will communicate their learning and present it effectively to show what they have learned. Writing is used across our Geography topics as an opportunity for children to showcase what they have learnt and embed their knowledge. Key geographical knowledge and language (such as, the name and location of continents, countries, capital cities and oceans) is revisited frequently, to make learning memorable, relevant and easy to retrieve. Wherever possible, pupils are taken off site to further their understanding of a subject. This includes a residential trip which is based in a contrasting area and includes geographical field work. Teachers are also encouraged to use a range of resources such as videos, photographs and newspaper articles during lessons to help create immersive learning experiences.
The impact of our Geography curriculum is measured in a variety of ways: questioning during lesson time, marking children’s written work, listening to child-led discussion, pupil voice, and work scrutiny. Target tracker is used annually to capture pupil attainment and progress. By the time pupils complete the geography curriculum at st Johns, they will:
Have a growing knowledge of the world
Have a wider vocabulary of geographical terms.
Aspire to discover more about the world, through reading, travel or the media.
Be able to read and understand maps and atlases
Develop their geographical skills, such as, evaluation, creativity, problem solving and enquiry.