OUR ASPIRATION FOR EVERY LEARNER:
Geography is essentially about understanding the world we live in. It helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world.
At Khalsa primary School, children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum enables children to develop knowledge and skills such as questioning, analysing and articulating ideas succinctly. These are transferable to other curriculum areas.
Geography is an investigative subject, our intent, when teaching the subject, is to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and people within it; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
Children will also develop proficiency in using maps, compasses and atlases and using key Geographical vocabulary which will be developmental throughout the school.
WHAT WE DO TO ACHIEVE OUR ASPIRATIONS:
We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensure that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.
Existing knowledge is checked at the start of each new topic. This ensures that teaching is informed by the children’s starting points and takes account of individual needs and prior learning. Lesson content and tasks are designed to provide appropriate challenge to all learners, in line with our commitment to inclusion.
It is important that children develop the skills of a geographer by fully immersing them in all areas of the subject. The local area is utilised, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom. Links to children in different parts of the world through the use of technology, school trips and fieldwork will be planned to give first-hand experiences, which will enhance children’s understanding of the world beyond their locality and will play an important part in making our children both British and Global citizens. Different cultures will expose children to a plethora of traditions and values which make up our world.
Geography planning will ensure there is a progression of Geographical vocabulary and skills.
Teachers will use Collins Connected to plan for children’s experiences. Parents will be informed of the Geography curriculum through knowledge maps / curriculum meetings at the start of each academic year.
WHAT WE DO TO MEASURE OUR SUCCESS:
By the time pupils leave Khalsa Primary School they will:
- Have an excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like.
- Have an excellent understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated.
- Have an extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
- Be fluent in complex geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical and presentational techniques.
- Have the ability to reach clear conclusions and develop reasoned arguments to explain findings.
- Have highly developed and frequently utilised fieldwork and other geographical skills and techniques.
- Have a passion for and commitment to the subject, and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there.
- Have the ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and the world.