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Geography Curriculum Statement

Intent

Why do we teach this?

At Huntington C.P School pupils are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives, by promoting the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, an approach which develops a deeper understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. Our curriculum is designed to develop transferable knowledge and skills progressively, through close connection with other curriculum areas.

 

Implementation

What do we teach? What does this look like?

Geography in EYFS - Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them – from visiting parks, libraries and museums to meeting important members of society such as police officers, nurses and firefighters. In addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world. As well as building important knowledge, this extends their familiarity with words that support understanding across domains. Enriching and widening children’s vocabulary will support later reading comprehension.

Geography in KS1 and KS2 at Huntington is taught in focused topic blocks during the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning – in KS2 classes there is typically one term with a geographical focus, in KS1 the focus periods will be shorter in length but greater in number. The teaching staff have identified the key knowledge and skills of each blocked topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout the school.  At the beginning of each topic, children are able to convey what they know already as well as what they would like to find out – this informs the teaching throughout the topic. Consideration is given as to how greater depth concepts will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how children will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.

Cross curricular outcomes in Geography are specifically planned for, with strong links between Geography and other curriculum areas, especially History, English and Science. The local area is studied to develop a sense of place and investigative skills, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice.

 

Impact

What will this look like?

Work in topic and English books evidences a broad and balanced Geography curriculum and demonstrates children’s acquisition of key knowledge.  Children review their successes in achieving the lesson objectives at the end of sessions. As children progress through the school, they develop a considered appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. Geographical understanding, as well as children’s cultural development, is further supported by the school’s links with an international partner school.

 

 

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