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Geography Curriculum

 

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At St Peter and St Paul’s, we aim to develop pupil curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Our vision:

  • To foster a sense of wonder at the beauty of the world around them.
  • Equip pupils with an in-depth knowledge about a range of places, people, natural resources, physical and human processes and the formation and use of landscapes.
  • Develop pupils’ geographical skills allowing them to; collect, analyse and communicate a range of data gathered and interpret a range of sources of geographical information including maps, globes and aerial photographs.

 

Intent

It is our intent at Ss. Peter and Pauls Catholic Primary School that our Geography curriculum is designed to develop pupils’ curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them throughout their lives. We give the teaching and learning of Geography the prominence it requires, starting in Foundation 1 right through to Year 6.

Throughout their school journey with us, our pupils develop a wide knowledge and secure understanding of the world around them through the investigation of a range of places, both in the UK and abroad. This allows them to continuously build upon their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes in context. We provide opportunities to investigate and enquire about our local area, this supports our children in developing an understanding of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area so unique and special.

We aim to give our learners strong geographical knowledge, good enquiry skills, the ability to use a range of maps, the skills to collect and analyse data and the ability to communicate information in a variety of ways.

At SsPP we want our children to be enthusiastic and develop a love of learning for Geography, not just through experiences within the classroom, but also outside in the ‘real world’ through the use of fieldwork and educational visits. As the future generation responsible for our planet, we want our children to have a respect for the world around them and learn how to be good stewards of God’s creation.

 

Implementation

We implement a curriculum that ensures progression and coverage across both Key Stage 1 and 2 in line with the National Curriculum, whilst following pupil interests to ensure their learning is engaging, broad and balanced. Geography is taught as part of a termly topic, uniquely picked by our staff and pupils. Throughout the topic, staff are expected to refer to our Geography progression of skills document, which is organised into four main themes; Locational Knowledge, Place Knowledge, Human and Physical Geography, and Geographical Skills and Fieldwork.

It is an expectation that during the teaching and learning process;

  • Pupils are provided with a knowledge organiser outlining the knowledge (including vocabulary) that all pupils must know and apply.
  • The teaching sequence begins with a ‘hook’ and builds upon pupils’ prior knowledge and skills with ideas linked together, enabling them to become enquiry-based learners.
  • Lessons are carefully planned for progression and depth concentrating on the skills appropriate for each age group.
  • Pupils are given fieldwork opportunities allowing them to explore their local area.
  • Pupil knowledge, understanding and attainment is regularly assessed through topic related assessment tasks both at the start and end of a topic.
  • Staff attend relevant CPD to ensure their skills and knowledge is developed, allowing them to teach the skills confidently and accurately.

 

Impact

By the time children leave SsPP 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 a reasoned argument to explain findings.
  • Be 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 environment.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following:

  • Assessment of the children’s understanding of topic linked vocabulary, skills and knowledge before and after a unit of work is taught.
  • Collation of any images and videos of our pupils practical learning.
  • Interviewing our pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Interviewing our staff about Geography.

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