At Victoria Road Primary it is our intention that Geography will inspire pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them throughout their lives. We aim to offer opportunities for children to explore the world in order to develop an understanding of the human and physical world in which they live in and their place within it. We aim to promote the children’s interest and understanding about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. It is our intention that Geography will promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development helping them to have a greater understanding of their place in the world, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment. We encourage the children to ask questions about the world and provide opportunities for them to develop geographical skills and knowledge to be able to answer them.
Through our Geography curriculum we aim to develop skills and knowledge that the children can use throughout their life including:
- Developing an age-appropriate, accurate knowledge of the location of a wide range of globally significant places and develop their skills in describing the physical and human characteristics of these places.
- Using their locational knowledge to provide a geographical context in which to study and understand important geographical processes.
- Developing an understanding that these key processes play a vital role in the development of key physical and human geographical features of the world. They should be able to discuss the interdependence of physical and human geography and how they bring about variation and change to the geographical landscape of an area.
- Developing their ability to use key geographical vocabulary which is appropriate and accurate and which evolves from EYFS to Key stage 1 and through to key stage 2.
- They should develop the skills to use and interpret a wide range of sources of geographical information including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
- Developing the skills to collect, analyse and present a range of data, gathered through experiences of fieldwork, to deepen their understanding of key geographical processes.
- Developing the skills to be able to communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills at writing.
It is our intention that the Geography curriculum will be both stimulating and motivating in order to capture the pupil’s curiosity and fuel their motivation to learn. The pupils should be provided with exciting learning opportunities so as they enjoy acquiring and developing their skills and knowledge and perceive the world as an interesting place. With a solid foundation upon which they can continue to build their knowledge, we hope that the children will continue to have a curiosity of the world throughout their life. We use the Connected Geography Scheme and resources from the Geographical Association to support our planning.
Geography at Victoria Road Primary School is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. The geography lead and class teachers have worked together to identify the key substantive knowledge and disciplinary skills of each blocked topic and these are mapped across the school, ensuring that knowledge builds progressively and that children develop skills systematically. Tasks are selected and designed to provide appropriate challenge to all learners, in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. At the end of each topic, key knowledge is reviewed by the children and checked by the teacher and consolidated as necessary.
Cross curricular opportunities in geography are specifically planned for and these are indicated on the year group curriculum maps. We are looking to ensure local area is fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice. We also look to build on children’s global knowledge progressively and that children develop a sense of their place and the relationships between humans and geographical features or issues.
Outcomes from lessons are recorded in writing books, evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge relating to each of the identified national curriculum strands, as appropriate to key stage; locational knowledge, place knowledge and human and physical geography. This is in addition to the development and application of our identified key skills, supported by fieldwork.
As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding an appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. Children learn about both local and global geographical features and issues and consider how humans interact with these.