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Geography

Intent

Our core aims for Geography are to ensure that all children:

 

  • Can talk about the geological features of their local area and locate them on a map
  • Can compare their local area to other areas in the UK
  • Can locate the UK on a globe and understand its location in relation to the rest of the world
  • Have knowledge and curiosity about the world around them including different landscapes and cultures from around the world
  • Possess the necessary skills to be able to collect information, analyse data, discuss their findings and can apply these skills to their maths and science lessons
  • Develop a rich geographical vocabulary which they can apply to their writing, reading and class discussions
  • Experience a wide range of resources both concrete and pictorial that peak their interest and develop their geographical awareness
  • Develop a sense of responsibility towards caring for the environment

This fits in with our school vision that all children can develop their talents and interests across a variety of fields in and out of the classroom. The aim is to make our children aware that they could have a career in geography and that this could contribute positively to society now and in the future. Furthermore, our teaching of geography inspires care for the world around us which links to our school focus on the importance of self-love and self-care. The curriculum progression in geography is also fundamental to growing an appreciation and understanding the rich cultural heritage of our local community, nationally and globally.

 

Implementation

We believe the following are key ingredients in developing competent geographers at Sayes Court:  effective vocabulary teaching; access to a range of high quality resources; reading of texts that develop geographical knowledge; writing a variety of text types using geographical vocabulary; in class discussion lead by adult questioning; debates and discussions lead by the children; trips to different locations that contrast with their everyday environment; fieldwork that develops maths and science skills such as collecting date and data analysis; explicit teaching of skills such as research and presentation; good teacher subject knowledge of local and global geography; ongoing training for all staff; robust assessment; and displays that inspire curiosity and celebrate geography learning.   

What this looks like in practice:   

  • All children study three different topics per year based on different themes that build on previous learning and create links in knowledge, skills and interest
  • During these 6-week projects the children have a weekly 1-hour geography lesson
  • In EYFS, the children follow the early learning goals and receive ongoing provision with links to geography
  • At the beginning of each topic the children take part in a ‘Wow activity’ to engage and enthuse
  • For at least one the of the topics the children will take part in a class trip to develop the awareness and understanding of an environment different to their everyday experience
  • For each topic the children will carry out fieldwork to embed the skills of data collection and data analysis that link to the science and maths curriculum
  • At the start of each topic the children will be explicitly taught the key vocabulary needed to apply to their writing which will be kept in their books as knowledge organisers that can be referred to throughout the topic
  • During each topic the children will have access to quality texts that will develop their reading comprehension skills
  • During each topic the children will have access to high quality concrete and pictorial resources that will support their learning and grow their interest
  • Each lesson will be based around a question that the children will aim to answer in order to develop their curiosity and confidence in their ability to research and explain new knowledge
  • Each lesson will begin with a short recap of the knowledge and vocabulary from the previous lesson to embed the learning and assess progress
  • The end of each topic there will be an opportunity to reflect on the knowledge and skills developed and to celebrate the children’s progress and areas of peak interest
  • All classes will have a range of books or magazines available in the classrooms around the topic​

 

Schemes, programme and resources used to support Geography:

  • Rising Stars

 

Impact:

The impact of our geography curriculum is as follows:

  • Our children make good progress in geography and attain in line with or above their peers
  • Our children develop curiosity in the world around them at an early age
  • Our children develop a responsible attitude towards caring for their environment
  • Our children can navigate the world around them with confidence
  • Our children have a lasting understanding of how the world works
  • Our children can use a wide range of geographical vocabulary
  • Our children are able to use their geography skills across the curriculum and a result of this, learning in all areas is enhanced​

 

SMSC in Geography:

Geography is key to developing SMSC and for many children their world view is indeed shaped by the experiences they have and their understanding of how the world works. At Sayes Court geography is used to develop SMSC across the curriculum.  This is done through the types of texts adults choose to share with children, and also through the books available in our library.

 

 

 

 

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