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Geography

Intent

In line with the 2014 National Curriculum for Geography we aim to ensure that all children:

  • 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, 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
    • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs.
    • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Geography is taught through a topic-based approach. Many geographical skills and knowledge introduced in Key Stage One are often revisited and further developed in Key Stage Two. This is to ensure that all pupils in St Mary's have a deeper understanding whilst building their skills and experiences, without unnecessary duplication. 

Here at St Mary's, we cover the Geography National Curriculum through a series of projects. Pupils can expect to learn about their local environment, as well as the wider world.

We encourage our pupils to develop a greater understanding of the world as well as their place in it and as part of this, we ensure that all knowledge and skills taught in Geography are progressive and transferable to other areas of the curriculum.

 Implementation 

Here at St Mary's, we implement a progressive Geography Curriculum that builds on prior knowledge and skills year on year.  The geography curriculum will be taught in response to driving questions which are aimed to be challenging, inspiring, creative, nurturing and encourage active learning. The children will revisit geographical skills and knowledge in order to embed and deepen understanding. 

All lessons are carefully planned to ensure that all children are well supported in their learning and that opportunities for depth is planned for. 

Impact 

The impact of the geography curriculum at St Mary’s is that our children are equipped with the geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the secondary curriculum and for life as an adult in the wider world. The children will be able to discuss their learning and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through a range of activities. 

Geography is typically recorded in pupils 'Creative Curriculum' books. Teachers assess children’s Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills through observations of the children during lessons. Some of the evidence will involve photographic evidence or teacher’s notes where the activity has been one of discussion or drama. Pupils will also be encouraged to follow a picture with some independent (where possible) writing, which will explain what they covered that lesson and what they had learnt. St Mary's encourage pupils to transfers their skills and therefore, it can also be the case that 'Geography work' is also being covering in other subjects and therefore children's work may be found in other work books. As part of St Mary's marking policy, students will receive both verbal and written feedback to yield effective progression. Children are also encouraged to be critical of their own work and respond to feedback questions in green pen (This is introduced in KS1). Assessment should be ongoing and teachers are expected to refer back to the assessment grid provided by the subject leader.