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Walton On Trent C of E Primary and Nursery School

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Geography

    

 

        The leader for Geography is Mrs Caroline Williams.   

        

                                

        The link governor for Geography is Rev. Bruce Johnson.

Intent

The intent of the geography curriculum is to stimulate a deep knowledge and understanding of the human and physical world, how these interact and above all the necessity of achieving a sustainable future.

Pupils should develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom, and their locality. They should understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness. Our curriculum will stimulate an interest in and a sense of wonder about our planet and ensure pupils:

  • Understand their moral responsibilities as local and global stewards.
  • Are equipped with invaluable transferable skills and a deep sense of empathy.
  • Understand their individual and collective significance in the world around them.
  • All children no matter their needs will have access to the Geography curriculum, including SEND, and EYFS.

Some ‘overarching’ termly topics may be more geography based, whereby much geographical study is undertaken within a term. Historical and Geographical learning is balanced across the academic year, so that children gain breadth and depth of learning within both areas. Cultural capital gives our pupils the background required to be informed and thoughtful members of our community who understand and believe in values.

 

Implementation

In order to achieve the aims outlined above, Geography is organised into topics across the school following the National Curriculum. These topics are set out for each class from Curriculum Maestro and are used as a basis to help and support teacher planning, however teacher lesson design is not limited to. The teachers use creative and cross-curricular approaches as well as teaching the subjects independently. As we have mixed classes, we provide suitable learning for each year group this can be seen in our progression maps. Staff ensue they teach lessons engaging with indoor and outdoor learning this enable children to see different contexts and experience a broader choice of activities. Supporting their curiosity, critical thinking and enhancing their cultural capital. Through the year we aim to invite outside agencies in to support children’s learning in new ways and consolidate previous learning, e.g., a theatre company visit. Children will complete work in a range of ways to suit all learning needs, this will include working individually and in mixed ability groupings. Pupils study Geography for one hour per week for three terms across the school year.

 

Impact:

Within Geography we strive to support the children with the geographical knowledge and skills to help them explore, navigate, and understand the world around them and their place in it. Children’s knowledge and skills will develop progressively as they move through the school, not only to enable them to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum but to prepare them to become competent geographers in secondary education.

We use lesson observations and learning walks to check learning and expectations.  

Pupils’ attainment and progress is measured against the objectives set in the national curriculum and recorded by teachers using Classroom Monitor, this informs teachers, future activities, and parents.

 

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