The teaching and learning of Geography inspires in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
The drivers at the heart of our curriculum are Creativity, Possibilities and Diversity. These underpin our Geography curriculum and ensure we give our pupils a range of appropriate and ambitious curriculum opportunities. The geographical aspects we have chosen for study reflect these drivers.
The Geography curriculum has been built within 3 main Threshold Concepts:
- Investigating Places
- Investigating Patterns
- Communicating Geographically
There is an emphasis on making connections between our own locality and the wider world and through our cultural capital program, we aim to bring Geography to life with visits and practical experiences.
Our Geography curriculum is sequenced through ‘Milestones’. The Milestones clearly set out the learning expected at each phase. Within each of the Threshold Concepts the Milestones become increasingly sophisticated as the knowledge, skills and understanding grow and progress with age.
Learning opportunities for the children are provided through a combination of whole-class teaching and enquiry-based research activities. We encourage children to ask as well as answer geographical questions. We offer them the opportunity to use a variety of data, such as maps, statistics, graphs, pictures, and aerial photographs, and we enable them to use IT in Geography lessons where this serves to enhance their learning. Children take part in role-play and discussions, and they present reports to the rest of the class.
Our Geography curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas, and which are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.