Our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Children investigate a range of places – both in Britain and abroad – to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes. We recognise the importance of developing children’s understanding of who they are and their heritage and therefore also provide opportunities to investigate their local area.
The geography curriculum has been carefully planned to ensure progression in and across each year group. We have divided the curriculum into three areas: investigating places, investigating patterns and communicating geographically. Opportunities for remembering more have also been identified within year groups. Geography units of work are taught within bigger topics. Some topics have a greater focus on geography than others however we endeavour to ensure some opportunities of geography are included each term. We look for opportunities to develop the children’s sense of place throughout the curriculum. This can include, when studying the Battle of Hastings, finding Hastings on a map and seeing pictures of the area. Prior to a school trip, children could look at maps of the local area. We look to make opportunities for cross curricular writing, with a particular focus on non-fiction writing, throughout the year. A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) all children must master and apply in lessons. Where possible, we look for opportunities to enhance the teaching of geography with enrichment activities including trips and visitors.
Our Geography Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress.