At Redhill Primary School, we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Following the National Curriculum, we intend to inspire children’s curiosity and interest to explore the world that we live in and its people, which aims to ignite a love of learning. We intend to equip children with geographical skills to develop their knowledge through the study of places, people and natural and human environments. This seeks to deepen the understanding of the Earth’s human and physical features which is knowledge build upon from the Early Years and Foundation Stage right through to Key Stage 2. Through our teaching, we intend to provoke thought and questions and to encourage children to discover answers to their own questions through exploration and research to enable them to gain a greater understanding and knowledge of the world and their place in it
Geography is taught through a theme-based approach at Redhill Primary School, which has been created by our subject leader. Through Geography lessons, we provide our pupils with a curriculum that is implemented on a two-year cycle where knowledge and skills are built upon. Geography lessons focus on the objectives set out in the National Curriculum and we ensure that pupils understand the purpose of the learning and the skills they will be using to be geographers during each lesson.
As part of our Geography planning process, teachers work collaboratively to plan the following:
- Knowledge organisers which outline knowledge (including vocabulary) all children will need to know during that theme – they are provided to children at the beginning of each theme to revise and build upon prior knowledge;
- A sequence of lessons, which carefully plans for progression and depth focusing on the geographical skills suited to the age group;
- Low stakes quizzes using Microsoft Forms which is used to support learners’ ability to retrieve information from the long term memory back into the short term memory to embed knowledge;
- Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning;
- Trips and visiting experiences that will enhance their learning;
- Appropriate curriculum themed home learning tasks which children complete at home.
Vocabulary plays a large role within our geography lessons as we share new words and definitions with our children that are continually revisited throughout their journey at school. We use a wide range of resources to ignite independence, excitement and exploration during Geography lessons such as: globes, atlases, Google Earth and different types of maps just to name a few. We have planned our overview to ensure that chosen knowledge is built upon for example during our ‘Treasure Island’ theme in Key Stage 1, pupils locate different islands that have been discovered around the world and plan journeys using the compass points north, east south and west. They then move through lower Key Stage 2 where they learn about island locations and how they were formed within the themes ‘Island Life’ and ‘Active Planet’ and they revisit this knowledge again in upper Key Stage 2 where they look deeper into volcanic islands and how and why they erupt.
Pupils learn about their local area and study geographical changes over time. The local area is fully utilised to achieve desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice. Pupils express their opinions on the human and physical features local to us and compare these to features found both nationally and internationally. Cross curricular outcomes in geography are specifically planned for and these are indicated on the whole school Geography Knowledge and Skills Progression planning.
We use monitoring activities throughout the year to gauge the impact of our Geography curriculum design. By investing time in reviewing learning, National Curriculum coverage, evaluating pupil voice, providing feedback, celebrating successes and highlighting areas of development, we are able to support our staff to maintain high standards and improve practice by identifying current needs.
The impact of our Geography Curriculum can be seen through: the outcomes of our pupils; formative assessment assessed and recorded on DCPro (our school’s online tracking system); the work they produce within their theme books and other cross curricular activities they engage in.
We expect that Pupils will leave Redhill Primary School:
- with a secure understanding of our chosen curriculum content based on National Curriculum objectives;
- with a deepened understanding of our local area and what makes it special to us;
- Understanding the world we live in and how humans contribute to weather and climate around the world;
- knowing how to make positive contributions to the environment to support global changes in a positive way;
- and with the skills set to apply the knowledge they gain within a range of contexts.