Geography

Geography Curriculum Leader: Miss Worrall

Response to Covid-19

Due to the 2021 national lockdown, we are now teaching Geography lessons remotely. As the school has opted to record or live teach all Geography lessons, the long-term plan has continued as planned during this time. Teachers however have adapted the task or activity set each week so that this could be carried out easily at home or in school.

With regard to assessment, when the children return back to school, they will participate in a 2-hour revision session of the unit and then be asked to take an quiz in order for the class teacher to assess their learning within the unit.

The Quiz results will be anyalised with a report produced by the class teacher identifying any gaps in this unit of work so that this information can be passed to the class teacher when the children move into their next year group.

Examples of Work Completed in Lockdown

 

Intent:

It is the intent of the Geography Curriculum to provide plentiful of opportunities for the children to learn about the world that they live in. This includes the children learning the location of different countries, cities and towns in the UK and across the world and learning about the human and physical geography of these locations. It also includes the children learning what it is like to live in these places by making observations, carrying out research, reading graphs and charts and asking geographical questions.

In addition, it is the aim of the Geography Curriculum to provide the children with first hand experiences of visiting some of the locations they are learning about such as; the area which they live in, Wigan Town Centre, The Lake District, London and other places where they can abstract information such as a Weather Station, Local Farm and Knowsley Safari Park.

Implementation:

In Early Years, Geography is taught via the Early Learning Goals linked to the Specific Area ‘Understanding the World’. The majority of learning in this area occurs through adult intervention when the children are in continuous provision. However, during their time in Early Years the children will listen to stories set in different locations, engage in a unit titled ‘All About Me’ and participate in topic led work about the world they live in.

By the end of Early Years therefore, the children should be able to:

  • Know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.

  • Be able to talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.

  • Be able to make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

In Years 1 – 6, Geography is taught in a 6-8-week block of lessons, which on average last about an hour each. This timing however in this block is flexible depending on the content being covered and the skills being developed.

Each Unit of Work has been carefully written using the guidance of the Geographical Association recommended Super Schemes and Geography Plus Documents.

Below is a copy of the Long-Term Plan for Geography.

To ensure the full coverage of the National Curriculum and Progression in Skills the school has a detailed breakdown of what will be taught in each session across the school. It also has a progression in Geography Knowledge & Skills document which shows how the children will progress in their learning as they move further up the school and into Year 6.

Below is the Nationl Curriculum in Geography.

To ensure that:

  • The children remember the long-term content.

  • The children understand that they are systematically learning.

  • The children can integrate new knowledge into larger concepts.

At the start of each unit, the children will be given a unit organiser which will have information about the unit they are learning, prior learning linked to this unit, future learning and a list of key vocabulary and definitions.

Click on the icon below to see the subject organisers for Geography this term – Autumn 2

A working wall in the classroom will also be used to display prior, current and future learning as well as key vocabulary and their definitions and information about the key learning objectives.

Impact:

The intended impact of the Geography Curriculum is that the majority of children in each year group are working at or above the expected level for their age. (At the end of each unit, the teacher will carry out assessment linked to the progression in skills and knowledge document)

In addition, it is the intended impact that the children:

·       are inspired by the Geography Curriculum and want to learn more.

·       show the progression in their skills and knowledge, especially in map reading, compass work and locating places on a map.

·       can discuss their learning and remember what they have learnt.

·       can talk about their first-hand experiences of visiting different places and locations.

Examples of Geography Work:

Useful Websites:

Pupil Voice:

Pupil Interviews (Summer 2019)

Year 1:

All children agreed they enjoyed going on a learning walk around their local area.

Millie said, “I enjoyed looking at the atlases and globes to find different places.”

Jake said, ” I liked going on Google Earth.”

Year 2

Alana said, “I liked going outside to learn the points of a compass.”

Oakley said, “I enjoyed learning the continents and oceans song.”

Year 3

Faye said,  “I enjoyed making tectonic plates out of oreos and eating them!”

Jack said, ” I enjoyed drawing a diagram of a volcano and locating volcanoes on a map.”

Year 4

Dillon said, “I enjoyed looking at atlases and drawing the 4 layers of the Rainforest.”

Jamie said, ” I enjoyed learning where food comes from and going on our trip to Kenyon Farm.”

Year 5

Tegan said, ” I enjoyed video conferencing with Carson.”

Bailey said, ” I enjoyed learning about the different parts of a river and acting!”

Year 6

Dillon said, ” I enjoyed learning about the tsunami that took place in 2004.”

Eden said, ” I enjoyed making a powerpoint on endangered animals.”

Staff Training:

(In order of most recent)

November 2020 – Consortia Subject Leader CPD with Stephanie Wells (Liverpool Curriculum Consultant)

January 2020- Progression in Mapping Skills with Stephanie Wells (Liverpool Curriculum Consultant)

November 2019-Staff Training with Stephanie Wells (Liverpool Curriculum Consultant)

October 2019: Consortium Geography Training with Stephanie Wells (Liverpool Curriculum Consultant)

July 2019: The New Geography Curriculum Staff Meeting

March 2019: Progression in Mapping Skills (Atherton and Tyldesley Cluster)

January 2019: Geography Subject Leadership INSET Training

October 2018: Staff Meeting – Geography Assessment

September 2018: Consortium Geography Subject Leadership Training

June 2018: National Geography Curriculum Day led by Geographical Association