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Our Geography Curriculum

Our Geography Curriculum 

Across the school, we use 'The Key To The National Curriculum' Geography Scheme to ensure we are all providing a high quality, engaging and stimulating curriculum. Each class develops both knowledge as well as key geographical skills, such as map or compass reading!

 

Intent

At Ampney Crucis Primary, we aim to deliver a high-quality Geography curriculum, which inspires children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We intend to equip children with knowledge and skills that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Geography, by nature, is an investigative subject. Teachers use creative, collaborative approaches to bring Geography alive and give children the opportunity to explore new learning themselves. Children investigate a range of places (both in the UK and the wider world) to develop their knowledge of the Earth’s human and physical processes.

 

We also intend for children to become confident using key geographical skills across a range of contexts. Children will have the opportunity to collect and analyse data, interpret sources of geographical information (maps, globes, digital mapping etc) and to communicate geographical knowledge in a variety of ways. Our aim is to ignite a passion for learning about the world they live in, both locally and worldwide and to understand the impact that humans have on the world. We seek to deepen the children’s understanding by encouraging them to ask and answer questions about the world and provide them with the skills needed to become independent and competent geographers.

 

Implementation

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Geography, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. We do this by using ‘The Key To The National Curriculum’ planning scheme, and altering where necessary to ensure it is coherent with our local area, school context and vision, classes and individual children. Each unit starts with an experience day, where children are immersed in the topic they are about to learn about. Our progression maps maintain strong links to the National Curriculum and show the progression of both key skills and knowledge across the school, building on prior knowledge from previous year groups. Teachers are encouraged to use the rich school grounds and local area for fieldwork opportunities, to develop children’s local knowledge and specifically their geographical skills. As a school, we are passionate about developing knowledge, understanding and skills through children being outside and enjoying the Geography around them. Educational visits are also encouraged to provide real-life experiences and encourage the children’s curiosity and excitement about the world around them. Cross curricular links are made in order that children can apply their knowledge to a range of contexts and can see the bigger picture of learning that geography fits into, as well as providing opportunities to recall knowledge and skills. 

 

Impact

Our Geography curriculum is high quality and planned to demonstrate clear progression. Children will develop the geographical knowledge and skills to enable them to explore, navigate and understand the world around them. Engaging lessons will shape inquisitive learners who aspire to research and explore new learning further. This will be evident through pupil voice, where children will confidently be able to talk about the skills and knowledge they have acquired and work will display the range of topics covered. Not only will children be equipped with the knowledge, skills and understanding set out in the Primary National Curriculum, they will be prepared to become competent geographers in secondary education and as an adult living in the wider world

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