Intent: Why does our Geography curriculum look like this?
Our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and the people who live in it. We intend for our children to develop key knowledge and skills as they complete their progressive learning journey through school. Our teaching will equip children with a diverse knowledge of cultures, communities, resources, natural environments and human environments. Children will investigate a range of places – both in Britain and abroad – to help develop their knowledge and understanding of our world.
We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about our local area of Teesside so that they can develop of real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special.
We also develop the children’s ability to apply geographical skills to enable them to communicate their findings and geographical understanding to a range of audiences.
Implementation: How will we achieve this?
Our children follow a carefully designed Geography curriculum which has been devised to ensure children know more, remember more and can do more as they progress through our school. Our Geography Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and planned to demonstrate progression in four key areas.
- Geographical Skills and Fieldwork
- Place Knowledge
- Human and Physical Geography
- Location Knowledge
Our Teaching Approach
Geography is taught on clocks f lessons to ensure children have opportunities for sustained periods of study and have time to embed and enhance their learning. We also regularly enrich our teaching with visits to the local area. Detailed medium-term planning supports teaching, ensures continuity between classes and carefully plans for progression and depth. The medium-term planning also underpins an appropriate teaching pedagogy for effective quality first teaching in Geography. all teaching and learning in Geography is designed to be enquiry led and comprises of practical and hands-on learning using high quality resources and materials.
Our children understand the core skills needed to work as a geographer with the use of the school curriculum character – Gemma the Geographer. This character is regularly used to encourage children to reflect on the key skills needed when working within the Geography curriculum.
Impact: How will we know that our children are achieving?
By the end of each key stage, children are expected to know, apply and understand the skills and techniques specified in the Geography curriculum plan.
Children are assessed using our SONAR tracking system which identifies clear and progressive end points. This ensures progress is maintained and end of key stage expectations are met by all children. Children are assessed termly and a final summative assessment made at the end of the academic year. Children will be assessed as either working towards, expected or greater depth, in accordance with Age Related Expectations.
In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
- A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school (Curriculum Floor book);
- Pupil discussions about their learning (Pupil Voice);
- The annual tracking of standards across the curriculum.