At Flanderwell, our children will experience a high quality Geography education that we hope will inspire and excite them throughout their primary education. We aim to provide pupils with a deep understanding of place and the changing environment in which we live. Teaching Geography ensures every pupil has a better understanding of our human and physical world.
The knowledge, skills and values developed in Geography can be used to make a positive contribution to our local community as well as the world through social and environmental action. We also endeavour to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the world and the people around them through investigation and questioning, first hand experiences through valuable and engaging visits, and purposeful and exciting topics. We use Geography to broaden pupils’ horizons of our unique and diverse world and to aid them in becoming caring and responsible citizens for the rest of their lives.
Teaching should 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. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
We follow the National Curriculum which sets out the aims and programmes of study for Geography, ensuring that our curriculum coverage is consistent across year groups and key stages, whilst also ensuring that disciplinary knowledge is built upon each year. The purpose of this is to ensure that all teachers are able to support pupils in developing their own knowledge and understanding of human and physical geography, resulting in them being able to make appropriate links to learning within the community and the world, throughout their lives.
To support our delivery of the National Curriculum, we use Oddizzi and Digimaps.
The schemes/programmes we follow within our school, are in line with the National Curriculum across all subjects. Please see the link below.
The National Curriculum for Geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes.
- Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time.
- Are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
- Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes.
- Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
- Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
In order to achieve the above aims, children will be progressively taught substantive knowledge and disciplinary knowledge. This is broken down into the key areas of:
- Locational knowledge
- Place knowledge
- Human and physical geography.
Examples of Our French Curriculum Documentation
- Geography Curriculum Overview
- Knowledge Organiser – Y1 – Weather and Seasons
- ODDIZZI – KS1-Scheme-of-Work – Weather and Seasons
Assessment in Geography
Assessment of pupil progress in Geography aims to assist pupils in understanding their own progress and aid teachers with their planning.
Teachers should ensure that children strive to meet the disciplinary knowledge, whilst also building up their substantive knowledge and understanding of Geography.
Assessments can be made through a variety of forms, including:
- Talking to pupils and asking questions
- Discussing pupils’ work with them
- Marking work against the learning objectives
- Specific assignments for individual pupils
- Observing practical tasks and activities
- Pupils’ self-evaluation of their work
The assessments made throughout the academic year are recorded and used to inform the end of year reports to parents/guardians. The Geography co-ordinator, with support from the wider management team, will also carry out annual Geography drop-ins, examine pupils’ work, conduct discussions with pupils, staff and parents as well as observing delivery of Geography lessons.
Careers in Geography
Our pupils will learn about geographical change, climates and exploration of the world. This will enable them to enter employment as conscientious individuals.
The teaching and learning of Geography supports careers, such as:
- Transportation manager
- Environmental lawyer
- Landscape architect
- Town planner
- Weather forecaster
- Catastrophe modeller or emergency planner
- Conservationist / land management