Geography Curriculum leader: Miss Ema McMillan.
If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach, please contact the school office directly and the office staff will pass your enquiry on to the relevant Curriculum Leader.
We aim to ensure that all pupils will be engaged, motivated and encouraged to become confident geographers.
Expectations for all pupils are high and we aim for pupils to master at least age-related expectations.
At the heart of Connected Geography is the desire to support all pupils to work geographically through enquiry and this investigative approach, which is the fundamental principle underlying the design of every enquiry.
We use the Primary Connected Geography scheme of work from Collins. This scheme seeks to identify the most relevant and meaningful aspects of the subject content of the National Curriculum in Geography to explore in depth, rather than providing a more traditional approach that attempts a fully comprehensive coverage at the expense of subject rigour and the development of core subject concepts and skills.
This scheme also makes explicit links to all other areas of curriculum. In particular, oracy, literacy and numeracy,
Pupils are also given opportunities to explore the local environment and to use the local environment to enhance geographical skills.
Although we are using a scheme, we implement the scheme according to the needs of the class. Teachers will adapt the planning in order to suit the needs of the class. This maybe through the resources used or how the information is presented.
Assessment is via assessment sheets that have been created by the subject leader for each geographical topic. These objectives ensure that geographical skills as well as content. Children are also assessed against the national curriculum objectives termly. This helps to identify skills that need to develop.
Workbook scrutiny is conducted by the subject leader. This is sometimes accompanied by the headteacher.
Each term, the subject leader provides a report that analyses data for progress and attainment. From this, threads of enquiry are followed up by the subject leader.
Pupil interviews have been incredibly positive; pupils feel that the scheme has given them more opportunities to experience being a geographer rather than being taught geographical facts,
Children start by studying the local area and begin to use geographical skills such as following directions, observing and asking questions, describing and recording what they have seen, and using and making maps. They move on to compare their local area with a different one in Britain and then the rest of the world. Geographical knowledge develops an understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and the use of landscapes and environments in different parts of the world.