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Geography Curriculum

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Intent

Our Geography curriculum is intended to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people through a thematic approach.  They learn about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth's key physical and human processes.

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 are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Brighton, gaining confidence and practical experiences of gographical knowledge, understanding and skills..

The children develop a real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special. We also develop the children’s ability to apply geographical skills to enable to confidently communicate their findings and understanding to a range of audiences.

Implementation

Through the 2014 National Curriculum framework, Geography within our school is taught using a topic based curriculum and aims to ensure that all our pupils:

  • participate in fieldwork activities which promotes geographical knowledge and understanding by bridging the gap between the classroom and the wider world;
  • have the opportunities to work collaboratively when investigating a geographical line of enquiry;
  • are able to use appropriate geographical vocabulary that progresses during their time at primary school;
  • collect, analyse and present findings gathered through fieldwork;
  • use and interpret a range of geographical sources and communicate their understanding.

Children benefit from:

  • A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) all children must master and apply in lessons;
  • A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth concentrating on the geographical skills suited to the age group;
  • A low stakes quiz which is tested regularly to support learners’ ability to block learning and increase space in the working memory;
  • Challenge questions to apply their learning in a philosophical/open manner;
  • Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience;
  • Appropriate curriculum themed home learning tasks which children complete with adults at home.

Impact

We use a range of strategies to evaluate the children's knowledge, skills and understanding.  Our Geography Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
  • A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school.

National Curriculum for Geography

Please click here for the Geography programmes of study for KS1 and KS2 from the DfE.

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