At Roscoe Primary School, we provide a high-quality geography education that inspires a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with children for the rest of their lives. Geography lessons 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. Pupils relate this to their locality and have a core understanding of their own ‘geography’.
We believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Through our geography curriculum, children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. In addition, our geography units are planned in order to enable children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops and understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in geography, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Geography is taught as part of a termly topic and each class has a weekly session devoted to geography. Geography planning is informed by and aligned with the National Curriculum. Outcomes of work are regularly monitored to ensure that they reflect a sound understanding of the key identified knowledge and required skills.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance which aims for all children in Reception to have an ‘Understanding of the World; people and communities, the world and technology’ by the end of the academic year.
For each topic, children have access to knowledge organisers which set out the important, useful and powerful knowledge and vocabulary that the children need to know by the end of the unit. In addition, anchor sheets are used to revisit key learning and concepts each lesson. Anchor sheets are presented on geography displays and are used to ensure that key knowledge is embedded and thus the long-term memory is altered.
Within the geography curriculum, we strive to create a supportive and collaborative ethos for learning by providing investigative and enquiry-based learning opportunities. Emphasis is placed on investigative learning opportunities to help children gain a coherent knowledge of understanding of each unit of work. Our geography curriculum is high quality, well thought-out and is planned to ensure progression.
Through our geography curriculum, children deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and how this affects landscapes and environments. The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Roscoe are equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about geography, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.
Geography in action
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