At Thakeham Primary School geography is about developing an understanding of our world, through experience, investigation and learning from primary and secondary sources. Our geography helps children to gain a greater understanding of the ways of life and cultures of people in other places. This will help to enable children to take responsibility for their role in society and to develop a caring attitude towards others, animals and plants in our environment. Through the National Curriculum for Geography, we focus on the study of places, the human and physical processes which shape them and the people who live in them. Children study their local area and contrasting places in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world. The study of the local area forms an important part of the geography taught at our school and activities are planned to build upon the children's knowledge and understanding of the local area.
Our geography curriculum links closely to our work on SMSC and British Values. Our commitment to learning about communities and cultures is also reflected in our Curriculum Driver ‘Our Place in the World’.
Children understand and relate to their place in our wonderful local community as well as understanding their place in the wider world. Our aim is for our children to be thoughtful respectful citizens, both of one another and the environment. Links will be developed both locally, internationally and globally to help us realise this aim.
At Thakeham Primary School we plan geography as part of term/ half term topics. The key areas are outlined in our long term plan which covers a two year programme (year A & B). Medium term plans set out the objectives to be taught for the term and an outline of the lesson content and organisation. Our Building Knowledge and Understanding in Geography document illustrates progression of geographical skills across the school. Many elements of our Geography work are also cross-curricular e.g. our annual Sports Week, which has been linked to the European Games/Olympic Games/World Games over the past few years. Visits and visitors form a key part of our planning.
The teaching, learning and sequencing of the curriculum follows:
A geography progression of skills that is organised into four main themes: Geographic and skills fieldwork; locational knowledge; human and physical; and place knowledge for each year group
Each theme will be taught explicitly through exciting topics, including links to other areas of the curriculum
Fieldwork allowing pupils to explore their local area
A teaching sequence that begins with a ‘hook’, builds knowledge and skills and concludes with a reflection including trips and showcases to an audience.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children start to focus on their immediate environment the classroom, to around the school, extending their field work to the local area, then beyond.
The impact of our geography curriculum is that our pupils are equipped with the geographical skills and knowledge for life as an adult in the wider world and to enable them to be ready for the secondary curriculum. Pupils will be able to discuss their learning and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through a range of activities. Through their studies in geography, children will learn about the features, diversity, wonder and importance of our world and how it should be treated, setting them up to be responsible global citizens.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Pupil discussions and interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
- Governor monitoring with our subject link governor.
- Annual reporting and tracking of standards across the curriculum.
- Photo evidence of the pupils’ practical learning.
- Foundation Assessments at the end of a unit of work.