Geography

Intent

At Moggerhanger Primary School we aim to:

  • Provide a range of geographical experiences, both in and out of the classroom, which encourage children to build interest and enjoyment, knowledge, understanding and confidence, as well as allowing them to achieve to the maximum of their potential in the subject.
  • Foster a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world in which our children live and develop a sense of place.
  • Develop children’s geographical vocabulary and a range of skills. We will then teach them to apply them in an increasing range of situations to carry out geographical enquiry and to interpret geographical information.
  • Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways.
  • Allow our children to become familiar with their own surroundings and extend their interest, knowledge and understanding of contrasting localities in Britain, Europe and the wider world.
  • Teach our children to develop knowledge and understanding of the human and physical processes and patterns which shape places and extend this to an appreciation of interconnections within and between different places.
  • Encourage children to adopt an enquiring approach to the world around them, developing in their ability to formulate appropriate questions, research, handle data and draw conclusions.
  • Encourage children to appreciate similarity and difference in the world around them, having empathy for the lives of others and respect for others’ beliefs, attitudes and values.
  • Enhance our children’s sense of responsibility for the care of the earth and its people.
  • Teach our children to develop an understanding of environmental sustainability and how they can be actively involved in living as sustainably as possible. Through geography we also aim to:
  • Improve skills in English, Maths and Computing
  • Develop thinking skills
  • Promote awareness and understanding of gender, cultural, spiritual and moral issues
  • Develop pupils as active citizens
  • Develop independent learning and collaborative skills
 

Implementation:

At Moggerhanger we carefully organise our Geography curriculum through enhancements from Twinkl Planit.

We offer a structure and sequence of lessons that ensure we have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. The content allows for a broader, deeper understanding of the four areas of geography identified in the curriculum. It will develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places and understanding of the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, along with how they bring about variation and change over time.

We intend to develop children’s curiosity and a fascination of the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. The units offer a range of opportunities for investigating places around the world as well as physical and human processes. The lessons are intended to improve children’s geographical vocabulary, map skills and geographical facts and provide opportunities for consolidation, challenge and variety to ensure interest and progress in the subject.

In KS1, children begin to use maps and recognise physical and human features to do with the local area, building to using maps to explore the continents and oceans of the world in year 2. Further, in year 2, children will begin to compare where they live to places outside of Europe and ask and answer geographical questions.

In KS2, map skills are developed further using digital maps, more keys and symbols and children begin to use more fieldwork skills. Through revisiting and consolidating skills, our lesson plans and resources help children build on prior knowledge alongside introducing new skills and challenge. All children expand on their skills in local knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography, geographical skills and fieldwork.

Across both key stages, children have a range of opportunities to experience geography through practical engaging tasks beyond the classroom.

 

Impact:

  • Data drop on SIMS – Steps Aut1/Spr1/Sum1
  • Updated statements on SIMS AUT2/SPR2/SUM2
  • End of unit assessment tasks (Quizzes)
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