Geography is given high priority at Frosterley Primary School with all staff taking responsibility to develop a curriculum that is creative, exciting and ambitious for all pupils. Physical, human and environmental geography are taught through topic areas. The children are encouraged to immerse themselves in a variety of learning opportunities to secure their knowledge of places, processes and geographical skills. School visits and focused activities ensure that the children understand through experience and practical application. Lessons are fun and inspiring, engaging all children regardless of need or ability. New experiences are constantly sought through enrichment opportunities and visits. The aim is for the Geography curriculum to be investigative and fun in order to inspire curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with the children for the rest of their lives.
Display boards with a Geography theme are used to show children’s work and display key knowledge and vocabulary. A range of non-fiction and fiction books are available in the class reading area and school library covering a range of Geographical topics and issues about the environment.
Teaching and learning should plan for outdoor learning opportunities within geography lessons wherever it is appropriate. This may be using the school grounds, local area or wider community to apply and explore their subject specific task.
Medium term plans ensure the national curriculum for Geography is planned for covering a range of topics, with a progression of skills and knowledge and sequenced to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and environments, together with a deep understanding of Earth’s key physical and human processes.
Children develop knowledge of the location of places of global significance. Children will develop the geographical skills needed to collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences and fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes. Children will learn to interpret maps, globes, aerial photographs and atlases. Children will use ICT in Geography lessons to enhance learning. Children will take part in role-play and discussions, and they present reports to the rest of the class. They engage in a wide variety of problem-solving activities that are real geographical activities, such as to research into a real environmental problem or use the internet to investigate a current issue.
Children will learn and revisit the importance of our world and how it should be treated through a range of educational activities and experiences.
Geography is monitored by the subject leader throughout all year groups using a variety of strategies such as book scrutinises, lesson observations, staff discussions and pupil interviews. Geography is assessed through teacher judgement and monitored by the subject leader. Teachers complete a termly assessment tracker identifying pupils who have not met or exceeded expectations and will identify strategies to be used the following term to ensure all pupils experience challenge and reach their potential. Learning support assistants are carefully used to support the work of individual children or groups of children to ensure all children reach their full potential.
Children will retain knowledge that is important to geography with a real life context. Children will understand how geography ‘happens’ in their local area. Children will begin to understand their wider world and the implications that we as citizens have on it. Children will work collaboratively to solve problems and explain the processes that they have taken/observed within a real life context. Children will act as good citizens within their local community and look after their environment.
A Geography curriculum that is creative, exciting and ambitious for all pupils
- Leaders ensure that Geography is given high priority
- New experiences are constantly sought through enrichment opportunities
- Inspires curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
- Geography curriculum that is progressively planned and sequenced to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and environments, together with a deep understanding of Earth’s key physical and human processes
- Understand and use the correct topic vocabulary
A Geography curriculum that allows ALL groups of pupils to achieve their potential
- All pupils experience challenge, setting tasks of varying difficulty.
- Using learning support assistants to support the work of individual children or groups of children.
- Access to ICT and a range of different resources, research.
- Use of atlases, maps, aerial photographs
A Geography curriculum that is bespoke to our community
- Enrichment activities, local area studies.
- Real geographical activities and environmental issues
- Importance of our world and how it should be treated through a range of educational activities and experiences.
- Investigative learning that is fun, exciting and ignites curiosity about the world. Using the school grounds, local area or wider community to apply and explore their subject specific task.