The intention of the Geography Curriculum is to inspire children’s curiosity, love of learning and interest to explore the world that we live in and its people.
We intend to equip children with geographical skills to develop their knowledge through studying places, people and natural and human environments.
Through our teaching, we intend to provoke thought, questioning and enquiry, thus encouraging children to discover answers through exploration and research. This will enable them to gain a greater understanding and awareness of the world and their place in it.
Our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and the people that live in it. Children will investigate a range of places, starting with their immediate location on a small scale and leading on to develop their understanding of both the United Kingdom and other countries. Within this they will learn about a range of human and physical geographical terms and be able to contrast and compare these. They will build a base of geographical skills which will enable them to understand and confidently communicate their findings to a range of audiences. Children will be provided with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Tibshelf, Derbyshire so that they can develop a real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes their local area unique and special to them.
Through high quality teaching, we develop the following essential characteristics of geographers:
- An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like in their immediate locality, the United Kingdom and the wider world.
- An understanding of the ways in which places can be similar or different.
- An embedded base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
- The skills to conduct geographical enquiry, reach plausible conclusions and explain their findings.
- A secure range of observational and fieldwork skills.
- A genuine interest in the subject and a real sense of curiosity about the world and the people who live in it.
In Geography pupils will develop their knowledge of their immediate and wider environments. The children will study local areas and extend this progressively into the wider world. They will learn to use maps, atlases, photos and the internet to explore the areas that they study. They will also learn about human and physical geographic features such as cities, towns, harbours, shops, beaches, cliffs, rivers and forests and how to compare and contrast these features. They will develop and embed early observational, geographic and fieldwork skills. Children will gain an understanding of hot and cold areas of the world and seasonal patterns within the United Kingdom.
Children will develop the geographical knowledge and skills to help them explore, navigate and understand the world around them and their place in it. This knowledge and their skills will develop progressively as they move through the Infant school and prepare them to become competent geographers as they progress into Key Stage 2 at the Junior School. Close liaison between subject leaders at the Infant and Junior school ensures that children leave Key Stage 1 equipped with the skills expected by the end of the Key Stage, and teachers in Key Stage 2 have a clear understanding of what the children already know. A clear, shared ‘progression of skills’ map allows all staff to have an awareness of children’s prior learning and next steps to ensure coverage and secure progression.