Geography

The Geography curriculum is organised into termly/half-termly topics developing levels of increasing challenge and acquisition of geographical skills.

It is broadly based on the Programmes of Study in the Geography National Curriculum, with cross-curricular links and use of computing. The pupils adopt an ‘investigative approach’ and participate in a wide range of practical/fieldwork based activities throughout each Key Stage. Independent research and thinking skills are encouraged and all work is differentiated to the individual needs of each pupil. Guest speakers/visitors are welcomed and pupils also participate in activities relating to our school’s Fair Trade status and eco work. Global Citizenship and an understanding of environmental change and sustainable development are experienced throughout the whole school curriculum.

In KS1 (Years 1 and 2) Geography topics are studied half-termly (alternating with History). These are practical/field-based activities, usually with a more ‘local’ emphasis. Cross-curricular and computing links are used in these studies. Each class is taught by the class teacher who has a teaching assistant for support in all Geography work. Parents are invited to assist with visits or to support fieldwork. The children are encouraged to bring in artefacts/items and to discuss topical news stories.

In KS2 (Years 3 - 6) annual residential trips are organised during the summer term and some aspects of Geography are included, particularly in the Year 5  three day visit to the Peak District.  The lessons are designed by a Geography specialist teacher and homework is set to support the work completed in lessons. Recognition in Geography is provided through awarding house-points, Geography badges, certificates, awards and cups.

Pupils are encouraged to work to the highest of standards at all times and excellence in Geography is celebrated in displays of pupils’ work throughout the school. The school library, computer suite and interactive smart boards in each class provide opportunities for a range of geographical experiences throughout the pupils’ learning.

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