Subject Leader: Miss S Downes
A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and changed over time.
At Saint George’s Primary Phase, we aim for Geography to be understood, enjoyed and celebrated. Topics are informed by the national curriculum and linked to the Quigley Essential Curriculum, as well as to the local area and wider world. The Geography curriculum at Saint George’s is planned and structured to ensure that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy. In our Geography curriculum we strive to create opportunities which will inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. In line with the National Curriculum 2014 and Quigley’s Essentials Curriculum, at Saint George’s we aim for all pupils to:
- Be equipped with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources, and natural and human environments.
- Contribute to a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
- Explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected, and change over time.
In this way they will:
- Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places
- Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world
As part of our cross curricular approach, some of our ‘themes’ taught will have a strong Geographical focus and will be taught with links to other areas of learning.
Each unit of learning will be planned based on key Geographical skills that we aim to develop throughout the child’s Geography learning journey. The skills covered through topics of work will include:
- Collecting, analysing, and communicating with a range of data gathered through experiences of outdoor learning
- Interpreting a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, and satellite images
All year groups will start with map skills, to ensure this knowledge and understanding is deepening as they progress through Saint George’s Primary and Secondary Phases. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic, in liaison with secondary subject leaders, and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group. By the end of year six, children will have a breadth of knowledge about key aspects of geography, relating to human or physical. They will be able to draw comparisons and make connections between different cultures/settlements and their own locality and country. Planning is informed by both the National Curriculum and Quigley’s Essentials Curriculum. Outcomes of work are regularly monitored to ensure that they reflect a sound understanding of the key identified knowledge. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) aims for all children in reception to have an ‘Understanding of the World’ including ‘The Natural World’ by the end of the academic year. Enrichment days are planned to enhance children’s geographical understanding and immerse them in the subject and may be held by individual classes or as a whole primary phase.
Children are encouraged to reflect on what they have learnt throughout Geography learning and how it relates to human or physical Geography (especially the opportunity to use maps, historically or in relation to the modern world). This enhances their abilities to sift through information and form their own judgements, improve understanding and form opinions.
For our Primary Phase Overview for Geography please Click Here