Our aims for Geography is to ensure that by the end of KS2 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
Geography is taught thematically and is always linked to the overall theme for the half term, as well as learning in other curriculum areas. We believe this approach provides purpose and relevance for children and allows them to become fully immersed in their learning. We are also aspirational to provide challenge to all pupils.
The Geography curriculum inspires each child to think about their own place in the world, making them aware of the future of our planet and their effect upon their surroundings. It allows children to flourish, learning tolerance and understanding of other people and environments.
The Geography curriculum is sequenced enabling pupils to build upon prior learning.
Our aim is to develop the children’s understanding and love of their own locality – starting in EYFS with their home before moving on to look at our school and its place within the town. This is then developed further as children learn about Lancashire and its place within the United Kingdom.
Our children’s experience of international travel is limited. Therefore, we focus on international localities with relevance to the children – either through their own knowledge (e.g. Spain) or to support other topics such as History (e.g. looking at Hernan Cortes and Mexico).
We have designed units of work that will particularly engage reluctant geographers – such as a focus on natural disasters within lower Key Stage 2. Mapping is introduced in its most basic form in Year 1 as we begin to equip the children with the skills they need to move on to producing accurate and scaled mapping in Year 6. All pupils can access and take part in geography trips, visits to school and learning outcomes, regardless of SEND or FSM status.
Pupils often carry out research about places they are studying, both within lessons and as part of homework tasks. Pupils often use apps/the internet on school iPads for research and are exposed to a range of digital and paper-based maps; exploring the benefits and limitations of each.