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Geography

Geography at Christ Church CE VA Primary School

‘Together, with God’s love, we can achieve anything’

Geography is taught at Christ Church C.E. Primary to enable the children to understand the fast changing world around them and to help them to discover their place within it.

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 change over time.

The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
  • 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 that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
  • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Intent

  1. To arouse and develop an interest in our surroundings and the world as a home for Humanity; alongside developing a sense of place and belonging.
  2. To develop an understanding of the relationships between people and their physical environment.
  3. To help pupils act in an informed and responsible manner towards our environment.
  4. To develop into long-term memory the skills and knowledge as set out in the National Curriculum, ensuring progression by recourse to our progression charts and Knowledge Organisers.
  5. To provide a geography curriculum with local area links to Padgate, Warrington and Cheshire which is interesting, broad, balanced, relevant and adapted for access for SEND children, stimulating independent enquiry.
  6. To gain understanding of the processes that have produced patterns and variety on the earth’s surface and those which can bring about change
  7. To become acquainted with a variety of maps, including large-scale local maps, and be able to apply skills of map-reading and interpretation to globes and atlas maps, and to identify geographical features
  8. To make links with other curriculum areas.

Implementation

All teachers are responsible for the teaching of Geography within their classes. Foundation Stage children experience Geography as ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’.

At KS 1 and 2 Geography is integrated within a thematic approach or as a topic focus for the half-term or term where cross-curricular links can be made. Where they cannot, discrete lessons are taught. In all eventualities, children are made aware that the skills / knowledge they are studying is from Geographical content.

We stimulate interest in a new study by inviting in visitors / organising a ‘hook in /hook out’ , in particular where geography is thematically taught alongside history.

The children have the opportunity to work in a variety of ways - individually, in groups and as a whole class. They have the opportunity to experience field work as a means of gathering information and exploring their surroundings.

Educational visits, including residential visits, develop mapwork skills, location comparative studies and links to the Eco curriculum.

Specialist work on orienteering develops skills linked to PE in KS2.

The children also experience the use of secondary resources as a means of gathering information. They communicate the knowledge obtained through spoken, written and visual means. We promote enquiry, investigation, problem solving and independent decision making to ensure high quality learning in geography.

Our teaching is supportive of citizenship, the global dimension / global citizenship and education for sustainable development. Where appropriate, ICT is used in the teaching of Geography; to enhance skills of geographical enquiry, to gain access to a wider range of geographical knowledge and information, to deepen understanding of geographical patterns and relationships, to experience alternative images of people, places and the environment, and to consider the wider use of IT on people, places and the environment.

Progression is secured by:

  1. Gradual development of skills and strategies of enquiry;
  2. Increasing breadth of study;
  3. Increasing depth of study;
  4. Increasing complexity of place/themes studied;
  5. Increasing range of scales used in map work;
  6. Greater understanding of key ideas;
  7. Greater awareness of social, political, economic and environmental issues;
  8. Greater range, accuracy and complexity of vocabulary used;

The Whole School Curriculum Map outlines how Geography study is shared across the whole of each Key Stage with each year group devising topics relating to the national curriculum guidelines for geography.

Impact

Children through monitoring are increasingly able to articulate their growing knowledge of geographical terms and concepts. We are working to strengthen some aspects of the subject. One evident developing strength is in map-reading, as we are increasingly successful in County Orienteering competitions.

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