Geography at St Anne’s and St Joseph’s RC Primary School.
A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
The national curriculum for Geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
- understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
- are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
- collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
- interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
In order to do this successfully there are a range of resources used in school to support the teaching, learning and enjoyment of geography. The teachers at our school plan their lesson carefully in order to ensure that children are building on previous skills and learning in a variety of ways to ensure the breadth of the geography curriculum covered. Throughout their time in school the children will experience a variety of different sources of geographical information and will be able to increasingly make geographical statements about the information they are looking at.
We are very lucky that our school has a large field and wooded area next to it to allow for many fieldwork experiences. Key stage one also visit the Coppice throughout the year. The children also are aware of geographical issues covered by the media and the curriculum allows for this to be included in teachers planning.
The geography curriculum allows us to celebrate the unique nature of St Anne’s and St Joseph’s Primary School, which draws children from our local area with a diverse range of languages, cultures and heritage from countries across the globe. We value geography as key opportunity for our children to share their own heritage, experiences and knowledge and build cohesion so that their diverse backgrounds, which could cause a barrier to learning, can in fact be a positive asset to their own learning and that of others.