Geography Intent Statement
Geography is by nature an investigative subject which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people to take forward with them in life. We intend to promote children’s interest and understanding about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the earth’s key physical and human processes, through investigative and enquiry-based learning opportunities. We aim for children to experience a curriculum which inspires, engages and provides opportunities for them to develop a fascination for Geographical issues.
Geography is taught throughout the year in EYFS as is part of Understanding of the World and learning is demonstrated and recorded in line with EYFS systems. Within KS1 and KS2 it is taught each term. To support the children in developing a sense of location it is important that the class teacher has available a world, national and local map to refer to regularly.
Progression is planned for across KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2. Geography focussed key questions and a geography vocabulary list are in place for each year group. At the end of each topic, geography knowledge is assessed in the form of ‘sticky knowledge mats’. Staff use the geography long term planning documents and the scheme of work to plan medium and short-term plans which indicate learning intentions, vocabulary and linked activities that build knowledge and skills for the planned geography theme. Short term planning allows for differentiation to be planned for in more detail or for any AfL that will take place. Teacher’s geography feedback and marking support the process of immediate responsive teaching. Children present their geography learning in exercise books that, through monitoring are expected to be of the same standard as other books such as English and Maths.
Outcomes in geography books and observed work in EYFS will show a broad and balanced geography curriculum, where children learn key skills and knowledge in a progressive manner linked to the schools long term planning documents. Children will review their successes in achieving geography objectives and being able to answer key geographical questions about the geographical theme they are learning. Geographical skills will be embedded alongside knowledge. Learning will be broad and deep and cover the four main aspects of geography identified in the school’s non- negotiable statements (geographical enquiry, physical geography, human geography and geographical knowledge) which in turn cover the national curriculum statements for each key stage (locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography, geographical skills and fieldwork.) More able children will be provided with similar learning in different contexts to enable them to extend their geographical knowledge and skills. Where children are identified as not being on track for geography ARE, teachers will support as needed.