St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School

St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School

Geography

Subject co-ordinator: Miss Corless

 

Intent

Our over-arching aim is for children to see themselves as geographers and inspire their curiosity about the world. We aim to equip all children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural/human environments, along with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Our platform for teaching is our locality and connecting all new learning to this. From our starting point of where we are, we can then build in knowledge of settlements, natural features and field study. All of our curriculum is shaped by our impact, and culminates in how we can work together to cherish our global environment. 

Approach

Our geography curriculum is structured to use a mastery approach to learning. Through carefully constructed sequences and links between concepts, children build on prior learning progressively and learn through immersion. To achieve this children learn in varied ways, from quizzing, analysing and research to hypothesizing, debating and creating solutions to global problems. This way, children can explicitly link ideas and retain information with greater ability to recall and interpret.

Enrichment

School trips, local visits, visiting speakers and celebrations are just some of the ways in which children gain a full picture of our geography curriculum. We want our children to see themselves as geographers and so construct situations that will require them to develop this attitude.

Challenge/support

Using Blooms driver vocabulary, learning enables all children to dig deeper with their geographical learning. Children will go from remembering facts, to applying this knowledge to questions before building this into more challenging learning opportunities where they have to reason, justify, evaluate and create. This structured approach means all of our young geographers are included and can access the learning!

Geography Learning Journey - Whole School Mapping Skills 

Geography Learning Journey - EYFS and KS1

Geography Learning Journey - KS2