At Wyndham, we place a great emphasis upon the importance of Geography lessons being enquiry based and promoting independent learning. Geography is an exciting subject within our school and it is incorporated into our project-based curriculum in order to help our pupils become aware of the world that we live in, not only in terms of our location in the world but also what life is like in different countries. Whilst Geography provides a basis for pupils to understand their role within the world, by exploring locality and how people fit into a global structure, the subject also encourages children to learn through experience, particularly through practical and fieldwork activities.
Through the teaching of geography within a project-based curriculum, Wyndham Primary school intends to:
- Increase pupils’ awareness, knowledge and understanding of other cultures.
- Develop pupils’ key skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps.
- Make pupils aware of environmental problems at a local, regional and global level.
- Encourage pupils to commit to sustainable development.
- Develop a variety of skills, including those in relation to problem-solving, computing and presenting conclusions in the most appropriate way.
It is intended that teachers are confident in the planning, teaching and assessment of Geography. Teachers will fully understand the ‘key skills’ and topics to be taught within each year group. They will confidently use the National curriculum and ‘progression of skills documents’ to plan engaging and varied geography lessons. Teachers will evidence the key objectives covered within each lesson and will reflect upon the children’s learning after each lesson, to inform a final teacher-based assessment at the end of each half term. Assessment will then be analysed and interpreted in order to inform future planning and lessons.
Teaching of Geography in the Foundation Stage:
Within the Early Years Foundation Stage, activities and experiences for pupils are based on the seven areas of learning and development. Provision focuses upon four specific areas:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
In particular, geography-based activities play an important role in developing pupils’ understanding of the world, helping them to comprehend a world beyond their local community.
Teaching of Geography in Key Stage 1:
In key stage one, pupils will develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They will be taught to 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.
Teaching of Geography in Key Stage 2:
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.
Children will develop a clear knowledge all aspects of the Geography National Curriculum, they will understand the location of ‘significant’ British and global places including their physical and human characteristics. They will understand the processes that cause change, over time, to physical and human features. In addition, children will gain competence in key geographical skills. Teachers will feel confident in teaching Geography through relevant CPD/lesson observations/learning walks/feedback/clear routines. Teachers will assess Geography throughout each topic of work and will use assessment to inform planning, which is specific the children’s emerging needs in order to ensure all children receive high quality teaching.