Curriculum Area: Geography
Subject Leader: Miss Jess Beck
Our Geography curriculum aims to provide a rich understanding through curiosity and fascination about the world we live in. It helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about natural and human aspects of the world.
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.
We aim to motivate and inspire children through a curriculum that stimulates, engages, and challenges all learners. Our curriculum aims to develop children’s awareness of the wider world and their place within it. It encourages them to take an active role in the community and work with others to make our planet more peaceful, sustainable and fairer. We hope that our children will become passionate about the planet and become actively involved in protecting the environment.
Geography at Brookfield is designed to provide our children with the subject- specific language they need to describe, question and discuss the world, as well as their place in it. Ensuring effective progression across all year groups. Specific vocabulary for each unit is taught and built upon and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged.
Our School Mission Statement of ‘Many hearts make a school’ and our Learning Powers, are at the heart of our curriculum and all that we do at Brookfield Community Primary School.
In Geography we implement an inclusive curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils including those with special educational needs and the more able.
The curriculum is progressive and based on the needs of our children. Geography skills are built into lessons, in order to embed geographical understanding.
At the beginning of each unit, children share their prior knowledge, which informs planning and teaching. A series of stimulating lessons are planned, with clear knowledge and skills -based learning objectives and subject-specific vocabulary, which is included on the termly knowledge organisers. End of unit assessment tasks are used to demonstrate progress, knowledge and understanding. Teachers assess learning in Geography against knowledge-based and skills-based learning objectives.
Our curriculum is delivered through highly effective ‘quality first teaching’ as described in the Teaching and Learning Policy. Enrichment opportunities, including inspirational visitors and exciting educational visits, provide our children with rich experiences and enhance teaching, learning and knowledge.
Our well-planned Geography curriculum ensures that children are given essential knowledge and skills.
All pupils’ learning is progressive, developmental and stimulating. Teaching ensures that children develop learning powers enabling each one to be the best they can be.