At William Reynolds Primary School, we recognise the importance of Geography to enable pupils to understand the relationships between places, the human and physical processes that shape them, and the people who live in them.
Our principle aims for Geography are to:
- stimulate pupils’ interest in their surroundings and in the variety of human and physical conditions on the Earth’s surface.
- foster pupils’ sense of wonder at the beauty of the world around them.
- help pupils to develop an informed concern about the quality of the environment and the future of the human habitat.
- enhance pupils’ sense of responsibility for the care of the Earth and its people.
- We are committed to encouraging children to enjoy asking and answering questions about the world around them, as well as making full use of relevant resources to support their learning.
We believe that Geography should pose questions and provide answers to questions about the world we live in. We strongly believe that high quality teaching of Geography offers our pupils the foundations for a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it.
The Geography curriculum enables our pupils to develop knowledge and progressive skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas. Our aim is to allow pupils to know more, remember more, and understand more. Geography is an investigative subject, which develops and understanding of concepts, knowledge, and skills. We seek to inspire 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 pupils’ 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.
In order to foster pupils’ curiosity about the world, we are enthusiastic about Geography and encourage children to explore and ask questions. To ensure a broad coverage of the curriculum and progression of skills, Geography is taught through the following key areas:
- Locational Knowledge
- Geographical Enquiry
- Human and Physical Geography
- Geographical skills and fieldwork
Geography is taught as part of a topic to enable contextual learning. Our school curriculum maps provide detail of each year group’s topic, and when these are taught. Teachers plan lessons for their class using our progression of knowledge and skills document. The progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from one year group to another. Pupils will access a range of resources to acquire learning through atlases, maps, digital technology, books and photographs. Google Earth maps and satellite view are often used initially to add immediacy and a real-life context to lessons. Using a range of secondary resources to develop their knowledge and understanding is integral to their learning.
We provide a variety of opportunities for Geography learning inside and outside the classroom. Educational visits are an opportunity for the teachers to plan for fieldwork outside the classroom. Our pupils have the opportunity to explore areas in the locality of the school and to share in hands on experiences.
Outcomes in Foundation and Literacy books, evidence a broad and balanced Geography curriculum and demonstrates the children’s attainment of identified key knowledge. Pupils’ work exhibits that Geography is taught at an age-appropriate standard across each year group with opportunities planned in for pupils working at greater depth. Work is of a high standard and shows that pupils are acquiring knowledge, skills and vocabulary in an appropriate sequence. Children review the agreed success criteria at the end of every session. Emphasis is placed on analytical thinking and questioning which helps pupils gain a clear knowledge and understanding of our locality, as well as the wider world. School trips provide further relevant and contextual learning. Pupil voice demonstrates that pupils enjoy Geography and are beginning to recall their learning over time.
The impact of our Geography curriculum is that our learners are equipped with the geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the secondary curriculum and for life in the wider world.