Our intent is that our teaching of Geography will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of their locality, Great Britain and the world around them. We intend for our curriculum to inspire curiosity about the world we live in and develop a desire to explore.
We intend to widen the children’s worlds and experiences by teaching a real and relevant curriculum enabling children to applying the skills and knowledge to create long life learners. Fieldwork will be undertaken by all children each year during one unit of work. They will get the opportunity to explore their locality and undertake projects and observations of the coast, rivers, and the local area.In order to achieve this, we have a carefully mapped out curriculum to build on key concepts and progression across the key stages. Children will be confident using a variety of sources, real hands on fieldwork and making links, comparisons and understand how this impacts them and others. Where possible, links are made with other curriculum subjects’ Science and History. These links will allow opportunities to understand the complexity of people’s lives, process of change, diversity of societies and different groups as well as their own position in the world and the challenges of their time.
We want all children to have a love of geography and the world beyond the curriculum. Learning will be relatable, memorable and raise aspirations impacting their future lives. In a rapidly changing world, we aim to equip our children with the knowledge and understanding needed to succeed as a geographer.
The Geography curriculum is taught through key concepts from Year One to Year 6. An ‘Enquiry Question’ that is approached through smaller learning challenges introduces the children to a range of geographical topics. The idea behind a concept-led, enquiry based curriculum helps to focus learning and ensure a knowledge rich education to avoid a broad overview with shallow engagement in knowledge and understanding. We want them to be aware and understand local and global human geography and to show respect around the impact that their choices have on the world which is supported by a local area study once a year. We also want the children at Stoke Bishop to understand physical geography, location and place knowledge so that they can fully understand the world that they live in and recognise these areas of their learning whilst on their own journeys exploring the world. We will provide opportunities to use a range of investigative and problem-solving skills inside the classroom that will be rooted in each topic area. These skills will be put into practice outside the classroom through local fieldwork, visitors and trips.
Children at Stoke Bishop will be able to know more and remember more about Geography as they develop their understanding of the Geographical concepts and expand and revisit key vocabulary. As hubs planning is undertaken in a two year cycle, this encourages effective planning and sharing of resources as wekk as skills to be drawn on effectively by all team members. Teachers plan the curriculum topics to fit into their overall curriculum in the best possible way to ensure cross curricular learning takes place. Though a variety of creative and practical activities, Geography skills and knowledge are taught and built upon as the children progress through their time at Stoke Bishop.
Geography is lead and monitored by class teachers and planned using objectives from the National Curriculum. Skills are specified to teachers but they are given the freedom to plan and deliver lessons. Children will be assessed against the National Curriculum objectives as, Pre-Key stage, Working towards, At Expected and Above, 2 times a year. Weekly and monthly mini ‘low stakes’ tests will take place in class in an accessible and engaging format using the online tool ‘Plickers’. Teachers will also use the work children are recording within their books to support their overall judgement of how well each individual child is doing in Geography. This will be in line with the assessments written in children’s learning meeting reports.
Learning Journey and Concepts
At Stoke Bishop C of E primary school, we have created ‘Curriculum Journey Maps’ to illustrate the path that our children take in each subject as they move through our school. The areas of coverage for each year group is mapped out and is used by teachers, children and parents to help them understand the journey they have been on so far, and are going on as they develop as historians or geographers for example.
In each document, we have written a bespoke vision statement. It details the attributes and skills we aspire our children to have as geographers and how their learning at our school will support them in their future studies and careers. Synonymous with each journey map is the key concepts for Geography which outlines the threshold (overarching skills) that run through the subject in every year group.