Geography

The Geography Curriculum

Our geography curriculum is fully inclusive and meets the needs of all learners, starting from building strong foundations in our EYFS, supporting and challenging them on their journey to being secondary ready, and ultimately ensuring that they are equipped with the cultural capital, skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the future.

Meet our Geography Coordinator

Intent

Our vision for geography is β€˜to inspire pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people and to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse global places, people, natural and human environments.’

We believe that a broad and balanced geography education is the entitlement of all pupils, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability. It is our vision that all pupils during their journey will display the essential characteristics of geographers:

  • An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like
  • An excellent understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated
  • An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary
  • Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical and presentational techniques
  • The ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain findings
  • Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity as shown in interpretations and representations of the subject matter
  • Highly developed and frequently utilised fieldwork and other geographical skills and techniques
  • 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
  • The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and the environment.

Implementation

From the beginnings of geographic teaching in our EYFS, we endeavor to instill a sense of curiosity in our pupils allowing their understanding to develop through organised play. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.

The teaching of geography at Biggin Hill Primary Academy is carefully designed, planned and implemented to ensure that all pupils are challenged to fulfil their potential. Geography lessons are rich in resources, vocabulary, questioning and content enabling them to develop mastery of the aims of the National Curriculum.

Wherever possible subjects are incorporated through a thematic approach which ensures children are thoroughly engaged and enriched. However, there are occasions when subjects are taught discretely in order to give depth and breadth to the curriculum area.

Geography National Curriculum Aims

In line with the Geography Programmes of Study KS1 and KS2 the school aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
  • Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
  • Are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
    – collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
    – interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
    – communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Working geographically requires:

  • Questioning
  • Finding patterns and reasoning with their findings
  • Understanding and using age appropriate geographical terminology in context.

Impact

The geography curriculum is assessed against the following essential learning objectives:

  • To investigate places
  • To investigate patterns
  • To communicate geographically.

The impact of the geography curriculum is measured through regular book scrutinies, subject specific learning walks, teacher and pupil discussions and data analysis. The school leadership team, subject leaders and governors relentlessly drive the geography curriculum forward and monitor it vigorously.

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