At Heather Garth we shape our geography curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Geography; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of geographical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to develop a love for geography.
We aim for a high quality geography curriculum, which inspires pupil’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about places and people; resources in the environment; physical and human processes; formation and use of landscapes. We also aim to develop geographical skills through: collecting and analysing data; using maps, globes, aerial photographs and digital mapping to name and identify countries, continents and oceans; and communicating information in a variety of ways. We want children to enjoy and love learning about geography by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.
High standards of teaching and learning in geography are implemented through a topic based curriculum approach that is progressive throughout the whole school. Cross curricular links are made, where appropriate, to allow children to communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length. This also allows for learning to be purposeful and meaningful.
We aim to ensure that all children:
- Develop age-appropriate, accurate knowledge of the location, physical and human characteristics of a wide range of globally significant places.
- Use this knowledge to provide a geographical context to study and understand the actions of important geographical processes.
- Understand that these processes give rise to the key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about variation and change to the geographical landscape.
- Be able to use geographical vocabulary which is appropriate and accurate and which develops and evolves from EYFS to KS1 and through to KS2.
- Use their experiences of fieldwork, to deepen understanding of geographical processes.
- Use and interpret a wide range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs.
- Promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development helping them to have a greater understanding of their place in the world, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Heather Garth are equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will prepare them for the next stages of their lives and learning. We have children who leave Heather Garth understanding their place in the world, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment. The children can articulate this, using appropriate vocabulary.