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West Didsbury CE Primary School

West Didsbury CE Primary School

Geography

Intent - The geography curriculum helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum at West Didsbury CE enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops and understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

Implementation -  We will implement this through a series of lessons and experiences that are knowledge and skill based and that are challenging and progressive throughout the year groups. At the beginning of each topic, children are able to convey what they know already as well as what they would like to find out. This informs the programme of study and also ensures that lessons are relevant and take account of children’s different starting points. Cross curricular outcomes in geography are specifically planned for. The local area is fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice. In reception geographical knowledge is taught through  ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance which aims for all children in reception to have an ‘Understanding of the World; people and communities, the world and technology’ by the end of the academic year. In years 1-4 the curriculum is taught through geographical skills and fieldwork, locational knowledge, human and physical geography and place knowledge.

Impact - Attainment in and attitude towards geographical learning will be reported annually to parents. Pupil voice, learning journeys and displays will demonstrate the impact of the curriculum. As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding an appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. The curriculum helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. There will be a curiosity and fascination inspired within the children to learn about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it.