“You can travel the seas, poles and deserts and see nothing. To really understand the world, you need to get under the skin of the people and places. In other words, learn about geography. I can’t imagine a subject more relevant in schools. We’d all be lost without it.” —Michael Palin
WHAT are we aiming for?
Our GEOGRAPHY curriculum aims to create children who:
- are curious about the world and its people
- have an understanding of their place within the world and how they can impact upon this
- show tolerance and respect towards cultural differences and
- have a commitment to sustainable development and an appreciation of what ‘global citizenship’ means
- understand human and physical features in the world, including natural disasters and climate change
- are confident using a range of geography-based skills
HOW do we achieve this?
Our GEOGRAPHY curriculum has been carefully designed to build both knowledge and skills progressively.
Key concepts are revisited so that children can develop a deeper understanding as they journey through the school. Meaningful links have been made vertically, horizontally and diagonally to build a 3D curriculum which allows children to make connections with other subjects across and within year groups and encourages retrieval. Each year group focuses on three overarching themes or narratives throughout the year, which builds over a sequence of lessons. These provide opportunities for rich discussion through storytelling, photographs, videos and maps through the use of high-quality resources. Our geography curriculum is also supported through learning opportunities outside of the classroom, including day visits and residentials. In addition, we promote these subjects through special days and visitors.