Geography encourages pupils to increase their knowledge and understanding of a range of people, places and cultures.
We carry out curriculum planning in Geography in three phases- long, medium and short term. The long term plans map the topics studied in each term during each key stage. We teach the knowledge, skills and understanding set out in the National Curriculum.
Medium term planning objectives are taken from the National Curriculum and subject progression maps, plans are monitored to ensure that the full range of objectives for Geography are covered throughout the academic year. The Learning Challenge Curriculum Discs designed by Focus Education are used by both key stages to inform the planning of learning challenges, ensuring that children receive progressive and continuous coverage of the National Curriculum throughout their time in primary education.
At Allanson Street Primary School, our Geography curriculum:
- Develops children’s curiosity and fascination about the world around them, as well as their place and role in it.
- Allows children to investigate a range of places across the continents – from our local area to the North and South poles, developing knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes.
- Provides a variety of opportunities for geography learning inside and outside the classroom, bringing the subject to life. Children have many opportunities to experience geography on educational visits such as on trips to the seaside and to Paris. As well as chances to explore the local area, including orienteering within our school grounds.
- Allows children to develop the skills of reading, using and interpreting a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs, building their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the rest of the world.
- Is taught within our termly projects alongside other areas of the curriculum so children can demonstrate their learning in multiple, creative ways. It is planned to demonstrate progression of knowledge, skills and rich vocabulary from EYFS to KS2.
- Provides children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about our local area and community, developing a real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area so unique and special.
- Raises aspirations. Where possible, children learn about careers related to geography from members of the local and wider community with specialist skills and knowledge, ensuring that children are well prepared for the next steps of their education.