Aims and Objectives
Through our teaching of geography we aim to:
· develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
· understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
· are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
· collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
· interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
· communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length
Taken from the National Curriculum for Geography, September 2014
Geography topics are developed in planning meetings within each year group and planned in accordance with the Cornerstones curriculum document. Where appropriate, cross-curricular links are made with other subject areas to make learning more meaningful.
Geography lessons should be delivered in an exciting way e.g. practical work, ICT, fieldwork, outdoor learning, drama, posters, letter writing, Mantle of the Expert projects etc. Worksheets should be avoided wherever possible. Where there is no written evidence, children’s learning can be recorded through photographs, video etc.
Teacher assessments are recorded annually and given to parents in the end of year reports. All pupils are entitled to access the geography curriculum at a level appropriate to their needs arising from race, gender, ability or disability. Fieldwork may have to be adapted to individual requirements.
Throughout the year, many topics covered within year groups have a Geography focus. These are:
· Our Wonderful World/Bright Lights, Big City (Y1)
· Let's Explore the World/Coastline (Y2)
· One Planet, Our World/Rocks, Relics and Rumbles (Y3)
· Interconnected World/(Y4)
· Investigating Our World/Sow, Grow and Farm (Y5)
· Our Changing World/Frozen Kingdoms (Y6)
Other topics covered will also meet Geography objectives within their cross-curricular links.
In EYFS Geography is covered through meeting the Early Learning Goals for The Natural World - Understanding the World.