Geography curriculum statement

“A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.”  

Department of Education National Curriculum Geography programme of study.

At The Oaks Primary School, Geography is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. Geography encourages our children to develop their curiosity and fascination about the world and the local community where they live. It enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and also helps to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Geography is an investigative subject, which develops and supports an understanding of concepts, vocabulary, knowledge and skills.

                                                           

Intent 

At The Oaks, we want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. 

What do we want for our pupils?

  • To deepen pupils understanding through an enquiry/question based Geography curriculum
  • To broaden and build on prior knowledge as they progress through the school developing their key concepts, vocabulary, knowledge and skills
  • To have an awareness of the wider world around them and opportunities to investigate both locally and further a field
  • To promote equality and diversity in relation to where they live and the wider world
  • To have to skills and knowledge linked to Geography including using a range of maps and data analysis
  • To value their own and others opinions through discussions

What do we want from our curriculum? 

  •  To provoke questions and deepen children’s understanding and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world
  • To develop a curriculum which inspires children and allows them to be fascinated and engaged to learn more about the world in which they live in and builds on their prior knowledge through a progressive curriculum which deepens understanding and vocabulary
  • To develop keen Geographers 

Implementation

Geography at The Oaks is taught in half termly blocks throughout the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. This is taught through a key question being shared and given to the children at the start of the unit. Key knowledge and skills have been identified for each unit of work and these are mapped out across the school, ensuring full coverage, knowledge builds progressively and that children develop skills systematically. Existing knowledge is checked at the beginning of each unit through identifying what the children already know and completing a KWL grid or activity. This ensures that teaching is informed by the children’s starting points and that it takes account of pupil voice, incorporating children’s interests. The completed knowledge organiser is shared with all children at the beginning of the unit to support them in becoming familiar with key vocabulary for this block. Tasks are then selected and designed to provide appropriate challenge to all learners. At the end of each unit, key knowledge is reviewed by the children and rigorously checked by the teacher by using both their work in curriculum books and the blank knowledge organiser that is completed by all children at the end of the block to check what information and vocabulary they have retained in their long term memories.

Impact

The impact of our Geography curriculum will ensure that learners are equipped with the geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the secondary curriculum and for life as an adult in the wider world. This is through the following skills having been developed:

  • Knowledge of where places are and what they are like.
  • Understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and

interconnected and how human and physical environments are interrelated.

  • Extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
  • Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills
  • Ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain

findings

  • Fieldwork and other geographical skills and techniques. that are frequently utilised and highly developed
  • Passion for the subject and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there

                                                                                                             

Educational visits and visitors as part of our curriculum enrichment include:

  • Planetarium in school
  • Liverpool Museum
  • Manchester Airport

Curriculum map for Geography

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