Geography

Intent

Our geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Children investigate a range of places – both in Britain and abroad – to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes. 

We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about the village of Stannington, its surrounding locality and the county of Northumberland so that they can develop of real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special. We also develop the children’s ability to apply geographical skills to enable to confidently communicate their findings and geographical understanding to a range of audiences.

 

Through high quality teaching, we develop the following essential characteristics of geographers:

  • An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like, both in Britain and the wider world
  • A comprehensive understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected
  • An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary
  • Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills, as well as effective presentation techniques
  • The ability to reach clear conclusions and explain their findings
  • Excellent fieldwork skills as well as other geographical aptitudes and techniques
  • The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current issues in society and the environment
  • A genuine interest in the subject and a real sense of curiosity about the world and the people who live here

Implementation

The geography lead from Stannington First School has worked with colleagues across the Morpeth Partnership to create a long term subject specific plan that shows clear progression of knowledge and skills from EYFS through to Year 13.

In KS1, children begin to use maps and recognise physical and human features within the local area, moving on to using maps to explore the continents and oceans of the world. They will begin to compare where they live to places outside of Europe and ask and answer geographical questions.

In KS2, map skills are developed further using digital maps, more keys and symbols and children begin to use more fieldwork skills. Through revisiting and consolidating skills, we help children build on prior knowledge alongside introducing new skills and challenge. All children expand on their skills in local knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography, geographical skills and fieldwork. Across both key stages, children have a range of opportunities to experience geography through practical engaging tasks beyond the classroom.

 

  • For each theme, from Year 1, class teachers share a knowledge organiser with pupils which outlines key knowledge/skills (including vocabulary) all children must master
  • There is a clear, medium term plan which outlines a sequence of lessons for each subject, carefully planning for progression and depth
  • Teacher assessment is measured against the key knowledge and skills and other forms of assessment are used, such as the use class quizzes, which supports learners’ ability to block learning and increase space in the working memory
  • Challenge questions create opportunities for pupils to apply their learning
  • Educational visits and visiting experts are planned, where possible, to enhance the learning experience

Impact

Our Geography Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. Geography learning is loved by teachers and pupils across school, teachers have higher expectations and more quality evidence is presented in books.
 
All children use geographical vocabulary accurately and understand the different strands of geography, with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
 
Children will begin to make relevant links from geography to other curriculum subjects, such as history and science. They will improve their enquiry skills and inquisitiveness about the world around them, and their impact on the world. All children will realise that they have choices to make in the world, developing a positive commitment to the environment and the future of the planet.
 
Children will become competent in collecting, analysing and communicating a range of data gathered. They will be able to interpret a range of sources of geographical information and they will communicate geographical information in a variety of ways. All children in the school will be able to speak confidently about their geography learning, skills and knowledge.