“The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exist across continents. It’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.” - Barack Obama
Intent - what do we want to achieve?
In the KT Federation our aim is that children will begin to understand how there is a connection between a wide range of environmental issues and human/physical processes. Our curriculum will ensure that older children are able to take a broader view so that they question, analyse and evaluate what they find out. The teaching of place knowledge will be prioritised and this will give our children an understanding of how this knowledge will help them to connect different aspects of geography. We will give our children an understanding of the world around them, its environments, places near and far, and the processes that create and affect them.
Implementation - how will we achieve this?
Through our knowledge-rich and topic-based curriculum, we will provide opportunities for children to learn about the world around them. In the early years, children will begin to learn some of the geographical vocabulary that they will build on throughout the rest of their schooling. Geography will strengthen comprehension across other subjects and have a significant role in helping children to understand their world, their role in it and the responsibilities that come with it. There will also be exciting opportunities for them to take part in fieldwork, to give hands on/memorable experiences.
Children will learn through topics and with an understanding of how geography relates to other subjects, whilst following the requirements of the National Curriculum. Children will learn how geography is connected to all other subjects. i.e. Co-ordinates in a Maths lesson, food/customs/traditions in an RE/PSHCE lesson.
Impact - what will be the impact on learning?
Outcomes in topic books will show a broad and balanced geography curriculum and show children understand key knowledge. Children review their successes in achieving the lesson objectives at the end of lessons, and are encouraged to self and peer assess. As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding an appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. School trips and fieldwork provide further experiences to make learning memorable.
The geography subject leader will have access to current CPD/training and will support other staff with planning, delivering content and assessment.