Through the provision of a high quality geography curriculum we aim to teach the pupils to ask and answer questions about features of physical and human geography which will enable them to develop a greater understanding of the world and their place within it.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in geography at St Thomas Becket we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the school and we ensure that geography has the same importance given to it as the core subjects.
Geography is taught following the Learning challenge Curriculum model of starting with a ‘Big Question’. Each ‘Big Question’ is used as a hook to get the children thinking about what they will be learning. Two topics for geography are taught during the year in blocks which last approximately half a term each.
The geography curriculum is divided into five main areas as set out in the National Curriculum:
- Geographical skills
- Field work
- Place knowledge
- Locational knowledge
- Human and physical geography
Over the course of their time in our school we aim for all pupils to develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. In Key Stage One the pupils should be able to understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness. In Key Stage Two the pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They should develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.
The skills taught in geography are progressive and form the basis of planning and assessment. The skills to be taught in each Big Question will be identified in medium and short term planning. In order to be able to provide support or extend pupils, reference will be made to the skills set out for the previous and subsequent year group as necessary. The skills in geography are not topic specific and therefore will be revisited several times over the course of each year.
Assessment of pupil’s progress in each of these skills will be carried out each time they are taught and updated to show progress after subsequent teaching. At the end of each academic year, assessments will be passed on to the next teacher so that they can be referred to and further experiences planned for that build on each pupil’s previous attainment.
The teaching and learning in geography in our school is enhanced by year groups undertaking educational trips and by inviting in visiting experts during the year.
The subject leader will carry out a scrutiny of each year group’s assessments termly in order to identify any areas where extra support or training for teachers or resourcing is needed; and to be able to identify areas of strength within classes and year groups.