Geography is the integrated study of the complex reciprocal relationships between human societies and the physical, chemical and biological components of the Earth. Geographers study place, space and time, recognising the great differences and dynamics in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and the links between them.
Our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about our planet and its people, which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. In line with our prayer to St Brendan, we aim to create explorers who will journey into the unknown. We aim to nurture our future geographers and equip them with the knowledge they will need to become mindful citizens of the world. Our intention is to build links to Geography throughout other elements of the curriculum design such as Outdoor Learning and Maths.
All of our children investigate a range of places – both in Britain and the wider world – 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 their local area of Bradford and Yorkshire so that they can develop of real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special. Through educational visits, we aim to bring learning to life and give children experiences to inspire their interest in Geography and lifelong learning.
Using Odizzi, we also develop children’s ability to apply geographical skills to enable children to confidently communicate their findings and geographical understanding to a range of audiences. Children revisit the same skills throughout school.
Children have access to Learning Maps so that know what they will be taught in each unit of work. Every lesson starts with an enquiry question and builds upon prior learning.
Technology plays a huge part in our children’s learning and is used to motivate and inspire children in their Geography lessons. Children are encouraged to take learning into their own hands using atlases, books and the internet as well as their own experiences.
Assessment is ongoing. We make links to prior learning, monitor the learning of pupils in the lessons and allow children to demonstrate what they have learnt at the end of the unit.
The children know teachers’ expectations for their Geography work is just as high as all other subjects, and they are challenged to always achieve the best of their ability. Higher level geographers are challenged to extend their knowledge of the world and work is differentiated appropriately for children with SEN to allow them to access their programme of study. Through high-quality teaching, we aim to develop children’s geographical knowledge, an understanding of current issues around the environment and ignite a sense of curiosity about the world and the people who live there.
Our geography curriculum is well thought out and planned to demonstrate clear progression. By the time that the pupils reach the end of KS2, they will:
- Have an excellent understanding of where places are in the world and what they are like.
- Be able to draw upon a sound and extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
- Be able to make links and use their knowledge in other areas of the curriculum.
- Have an excellent understanding of how places are interdependent and interconnected and how much the human and physical environments are interrelated.
- The children will demonstrate a range of enquiry skills. They will demonstrate an enquiring mind and present clear conclusions from their findings to a range of audiences.
- Have had the opportunities to carry out a range of fieldwork both on and off site and benefitted from school visitors and subject experts to further enhance their knowledge , curiosity and love of the subject.
- The children will be able to demonstrate a genuine enthusiasm for the subject having acquired a solid foundation of skills on knowledge. This foundation will be a strong base to continue to build upon as they move into KS3 with a real curiosity to discover more about the amazingly diverse and beautiful world that God has created for them to live in.