“A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.”
Quote from the National Curriculum
At Redhill Primary Academy, we value the importance of Geography in shaping the children’s perspective of the world and moulding them into becoming global citizens. Geography is much more than just knowing where something is in the world, it is a subject which enables children to make connections between places and understand the impact of decisions across a global scale. We aim to inspire our children to want to find out more about the world they live in, to give them the opportunity to explore alternative futures based on decisions that have been made in their lifetime and to ask and answer questions about the world they live in.
We provide a curriculum which allows children to learn at a local, regional and global scale. Our curriculum incorporates opportunities for children to learn both inside and outside of the curriculum with fieldwork being an integral part of what we offer our students so that they can make connections between the outside world and what they have learnt in the classroom. The content we have selected has been carefully planned to ensure that children have ample opportunity to revisit existing knowledge and build new knowledge alongside this. We aspire for our children to think like geographers and to observe, collect and present data to support their viewpoints of their environment.
It is intended that when children leave Redhill Primary Academy, they will have developed a fascination with the world around them and will have a natural curiosity to explore other countries and cultures. This curiosity will continue to develop during their time at secondary school.
The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
The teaching and implementation of the Geography Curriculum is based on the National Curriculum ensuring a well-structured approach to the subject.
We teach a range of units which are carefully planned to not only deliver an engaging curriculum content which is relevant to our children, but also to build upon key knowledge that the children have been taught in previous year groups, starting in the EYFS. Throughout each concept, teachers carefully assess the children’s knowledge and application of knowledge in various contexts, adapting lessons where necessary so that knowledge is stored in the long-term memory.
Below is on outline of our curriculum offer in Geography from EYFS to Year 6.
Understanding the World
People, Culture and Communities
The Natural World
Pupils should develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They should understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness. Pupils should be taught to:
Human and physical geography
Geographical skills and fieldwork
Pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They should develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge. Pupils should be taught to:
These objectives are covered through 3 different units across the year, taught by the class teacher.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
Summative assessments take place at the end of each unit of work and teachers record the progress and attainment against the National Curriculum expectations of attainment and the Knowledge and skills progression documents. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately.
The children’s achievements are celebrated on their End of Year report to parents. Here judgements are made on their effort, achievement and progress within geography.
Children in Foundation Stage have their progress tracked using the EYFS curriculum. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of Reception.