Geography

Geography Curriculum Leader: Miss Worrall

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:

Early Years:

In Early Years, Geography is taught via the Early Learning Goals linked mainly 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 units of work titled ‘All About Me’ and ‘Journeys’ and participate in topic led work about the world they live in.

3 & 4 Year Olds

 

 

 

 

Mathematics
Understand position through words alone. For example, ‘the bag is under the table,’– with no pointing.
Describe a familiar route.
Discuss routes and locations, using words like ‘in front of’ and ‘behind’.
Understanding the World
Use all their senses in hands-on exploration of natural materials.
Begin to understand the need to respect and care for the natural environment and all living things.
Know that there are different countries in the work and talk about the differences they have experienced or seen in photos.
Reception

 

 

 

Understanding the World
Draw information from a simple map.
Recognise some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries.
Explore the natural world around them.
Recognise some environments that are different to the one in which they live.
ELG
Understanding the World
People, Culture & Communities:
Describe their immediate environment using knowledge from observation, discussion, stories, non-fiction texts and maps.
Explain some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries, drawing on knowledge from stories, non-fiction texts and (when appropriate) maps.
The Natural World:
Know some similarities and differences between the natural world around them and contrasting environments, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class.
Understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons.

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 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 & Vocabulary document which shows how the children will progress in their learning as they move further up the school and into Year 6.

Below is a copy of the Progression in Skills, Knowledge and Vocabulary Document:

Below is copy of the Medium-Term Plans for each year group which set out the learning objectives in each Unit of Work:

Below is the National 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 subject 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.

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.

The above impact will be assessed in a number of different ways throughout each year:

  • At the end of each unit, the teacher will carry out assessments linked to the Medium-Term Plan objectives. A best fitlevel will then be given at the end of the as an overall level of learning. This levelling will be graded as set out in theschool’s Assessment Policy – Below (Not Accessing the Curriculum), Working Towards, Expected or Exceeding.

  • The pace of learning will be viewed via the class Music Logs and linked to the Medium-Term Plan objectives.

  • Learning Walks will be carried out to assess the quality of teaching and learning being delivered.

  • Pupil voice sessions will assess how much knowledge the children are retaining overtime and able to recall when asked.

  • These sessions will focus on asking the children questions about the learning that is documented in their Geography Books.

  • During Curriculum Governor Days, the children will also be asked about their learning in reference to their Geography Books and Medium-Term Plans.

Examples of Geography Work:

Useful Websites:

Response to Covid-19:

During the 2021 national lockdown (Jaunary 2021 to March 2021), Geography was taught remotely. As the school has opted to record or live teach all Geography lessons, learning objectives continued as planned in the Medium-Term Plans. Teachers however adapted the task or activity set each week so that this could be carried out easily at home.

Below are examples of some of the work completed in lockdown:

       

Pupil Voice:

Year 1:

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

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

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

Year 2

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

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

Year 3

 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

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

Year 5

Alana said, ” I enjoyed using maps to locate places in the UK.”

Arley said, ” I enjoyed learning about the different parts of a river!”

Year 6

Oscar 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.”

Staff Training:

Subject Leader Consortia Meeting – July 2022 (Focus Stephanie Wells – Geography Update, Book Flick)

Subject Leader Staff Meeting – January 2022 (Focus: Geography Health Check)

Consortium Zoom Subject Leader Meeting – October 2021 (Focus: Stephaine Wells – Geography Deep Dive)

Staff Meeting – October 2021 (Focus: Geography Book Quick Flick)

Consortium Zoom Subject Leader Meeting – July 2021 (Focus: Ofsted Updates)

ECM Geography Course – June 2021 (Focus: Progression Documents)

Consortium Zoom Subject Leader Meeting – April 2021 (Focus: Key Concepts)

Consortium Zoom Subject Leader Meeting – October 2020 (Focus: Stephanie Wells – Strengthening Intent, Implementation & Impact)

INSET Staff Training – September 2020 (Focus: Re-launch of the Geography Curriculum)