Geography

Geography
Intent
We aim to provide a high quality geography education that will inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deeper 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 the formation of landscapes and environments, Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time,

Our school support the aims of the national curriculum and value and promote geography to all of our children from EYFS through to Key Stage 2. The teaching we deliver supports the aims of the national curriculum and values and promotes geography to all of our children. The principal way we deliver the key geographical skills and content the children are required to know is through the ‘Learning Challenge’ curriculum.

Implementation
In EYFS, children focus on two different topics per half term. Focused sessions and learning opportunities enable children to develop key geographical skills such as beginning to use maps, recognising similarities and differences between places and locations. In addition, the children have access to carefully structured continuous provision that allows them to expand on their learning further and enhance the teaching/learning that takes places in focused teaching sessions.

At Hollins Grundy, we deliver Geography through the Learning Challenge curriculum. Each unit is based on a question that is explored as the unit progresses.

Topics for the year are outlined on a long term plan for each year group. The topics are based on a question which the children will find the answer to as they work on the topic.

Each topic is broken down further into individual lessons that enable children to explore the topic in- depth These questions aim to engage and interest the children in the topic. Each topic has clear objectives linked to the national curriculum.

We carefully consider each child’s starting point and how they learn best to ensure that there are opportunities for children of all abilities, including those with SEND to make good progress from their starting point in Geography.

Impact
Staff use pre and post assessment tasks to help them plan lessons at the beginning of a learning challenge topic and assess learning at the end of a topic.

Topics include an end of unit application activity where children can demonstrate what they have learnt for example, through an assembly, presentation, report etc. This provides the children with a purpose to their learning as well as providing assessment opportunities.

Objectives are clearly stated for each unit in every year group in the Curriculum Intent Grid for Geography. These objectives are linked clearly with the activities and opportunities for learning in the learning challenge curriculum.Children’s progress is recorded on Target Tracker termly.

The impact of Covid-19 on school attendance, teaching and learning has meant that the vast majority of children are working about a term behind expectations in geography at the beginning of the autumn term 2021.

 

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