At St. Stephen’s Primary School, we believe that Geography provides children with an understanding of the world in which we live and their place within it. It is our intention to inspire in all children a wonderful curiosity and desire for knowledge and understanding about the world, about diverse places and people, a respect for the world’s resources and of natural and human environments and our earth’s physical processes. Our aim is make clear and meaningful links between other curriculum areas and promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
At St Stephen’s Primary School, geography is taught in topic based termly lessons throughout the year to provide depth in learning, in respect of the National Curriculum programmes of study. Cross curricular links are identified and utilised allowing children to embed basic skills in English, Maths and Science, and PHSE. Outdoor learning opportunities are maximised whenever possible providing meaningful, practical and impactful learning experiences for all our children. At the beginning of each unit, children are invited to share what they already know about the topic and what they would like to find out. This allows for planning for appropriate teaching and learning experiences to meet the needs of all children. Children work in mixed ability groups which encourages children to share and learn from each other in an inclusive and supportive context and all pupils benefit from high quality teaching and learning with high expectations for all. Consideration is given to appropriate support and challenge for children with regard to St Stephen’s commitment to inclusion and success for all children in our care.
By the end of KS2 our children will know more, understand more and remember more about Geography and the world. They will be motivated and inspired to continue their learning as they progress to KS3. Children will develop a range of life skills, which they can use and develop beyond school life. Children will display confidence and enjoyment in Geography. Children will use and apply skills across the curriculum, making meaningful connections in purposeful contexts. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first-hand experiences of the world around them. Through various fieldwork activities, enquiry questions and themed units of work children will have the understanding that geography impacts upon our lives daily. We measure the impact of our Geography curriculum through monitoring work, listening to the children’s attitudes about history through pupil voice, learning walks, work scrutiny and data analysis.