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Geography

Intent

At Eastlands, we aim to deliver a rich and vibrant geography curriculum to all. We want to encourage our children to be ambitious and excited about their learning which allows them to explore relationships and interactions between people, the environments in which they live and upon which they and all life on Earth depends. 

Many of the pupils who now attend our school will live to see the next century and inhabit a world of 11 billion people.  The many opportunities and challenges that will arise during their lifetime will be very much about geography at personal, national and global scales. 

We want to embrace the young geographer in our pupils and allow them opportunities to be curious, ask questions and be critical thinkers whilst developing their geographical skills. We aim for our children to have a fundamental understanding of geography and what it means to be a geographer.

Our geographical learning intentions for our pupils are reflected in our geography curriculum whereby the entitlement for all our pupils is generated:

  • We aim to install in our pupils’ aspirations to achieve the highest levels of success through providing them with the opportunities to excel in terms of their acquisition of long lasting knowledge and understanding and mastery of core geographical skills.  Such high aspirations are clearly identifiable in the progressive and increasingly challenging objectives of the schemes of work of each enquiry, which define what the pupils will know, understand and be able to do.  
  • The curriculum is sequenced to ensure that pupils can build on previous knowledge and understanding as they tackle more complex and demanding enquiries. Furthermore, the holistic nature of our topics provides many cross curricular links that enable the children to feel they have fully accessed and been exposed to elements of the curriculum in an engaging and relevant manner.  
  • As geographical enquiries are carried out in lessons, we want our children to grasp new key concepts, make generalisations and abstract ideas.  Constructing and communicating new knowledge and understanding needs to lead our children on to achieve progressively more challenging outcomes and allows opportunities for further questions to be investigated. This is how we believe our children should work as geographers.   
  • A logical, relevant, broad and balanced curriculum has been selected which reflect the guidance of the demands of the National Curriculum.  For example we have ensured that content includes an even proportion of physical and human investigations such as the effect of rivers on the landscape and the impact of the rise of megacities in the world.  Due consideration has been given also to making certain that our geography curriculum maintains relevancy and topicality through including enquiries that engage pupils in studying issues such as climate change, flooding and trade;   
  • We aim for our curriculum to be progressively more challenging from EYFS through to Year 6 both in terms of the complexity of the subject knowledge we want our pupils to acquire and also the critical thinking skills we support them to utilise to ensure they understand the significance of that knowledge. These anticipated outcomes in knowledge and understanding and skills acquisition are detailed in the objectives of the schemes of work of each enquiry.  In terms of the geographical techniques we want our pupils to master as they progress through the school our curriculum planning has been informed by our identification of the coverage required at Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2. These are integrated into our half termly enquiries to ensure adequate coverage through the curriculum;  
  • At Eastlands, we want our geography curriculum to be inclusive in terms of delivering the same curriculum to all of our pupils irrespective of specific learning needs or disabilities and differentiating where necessary through, for example,  in class support, providing different learning environments, alternative learning activities and assessment outcomes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Implementation

Planning for geography at Eastlands is aligned to the requirements that are stipulated in the National Curriculum. The teaching and learning focuses on the four key strands for geography: locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography as well geographical skills and fieldwork.

At Eastlands, geography is taught every other half term and we adopt an enquiry focused approach to learning and teaching which develops our pupils as young geographers. 

We structure learning in geography through big question led enquiries about relevant geographical topics, places and themes.  Through enquiry our pupils not only build subject knowledge and understanding but become increasingly adept at critical thinking, specialised vocabulary and their grasp of subject concepts.  

Each geographical enquiry is carefully structured through the use of ancillary questions, to enable pupils to build their knowledge and understanding in incremental steps of increasing complexity until they reach the point where they are able to answer the question posed at the beginning of the investigation.

In each year group, every geographical enquiry is structured so that there is a specific geographical skill element to each lesson, alongside the teaching of the knowledge component too.

Our curriculum is ‘knowledge rich’ rather than content heavy as we recognise that if we attempt to teach geographical topics, places, themes and issues in their entirety we restrict opportunities for pupils to master and apply critical thinking skills and achieve more challenging subject outcomes.

Children have opportunities to use maps at different scales and type, globes, progressive atlases for each key stage, satellite and GIS (via websites such as Google Earth Pro, Digimap). Similarly we provide varied and differentiated ways for pupils to record the outcomes of their work including the use of PowerPoint, drama, photographs and through their writing (e.g. when showcasing each side of a geographical debate).

Each enquiry has its own set of knowledge organisers, which are given to the children every lesson to help with the geographical terminology and ensure vocabulary is progressive. These provide the children with an effective tool which helps to increase their knowledge and understand and recall geographical facts and embed knowledge to ensure it becomes ‘sticky’ so that our pupils can build on what they know and understand from one lesson to another, but also from one year to the next.

Our learning and teaching in geography also recognises the importance of fieldwork with a number of our investigations involving observation, recording, presentation, interpretation and the evaluation of geographical information gathered outside of the classroom.   

Trips out in the local vicinity as well as further afield (e.g. Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve, Ryton Pools Country Park and our annual Y6 residential to Skern) enhance the children’s experiences of the subject and the consolidated learning from them is also memorable. 

There is now, more than ever before, a real emphasis on geography in Early Years due to the significant changes to the Understanding the World education programme and ELGs People, Culture and Communities and the Natural World. We have an eight year geography curriculum due to having a school nursery. Geography begins with the youngest child and progression is continuous from Nursery. Carefully chosen stories bring in the geographical aspect, technical geographical language acquisition as well as the basic skills in a discernible way.

The geography curriculum at Eastlands is linked to our curriculum drivers. These support the ethos of our teaching and learning of geography and provides the direction of our main aims.

Geography Subject Drivers

KS1 Framework

Topics Covered Across School

 

Impact

At Eastlands, assessment procedures are clear and effective. Teachers and staff identify the skills which are being taught in lessons and assess children’s work accordingly.

Geography is evidenced in many ways at Eastlands. Each enquiry, which forms our programme of learning and teaching in geography, sets clear objectives and endpoints for the pupils in terms of knowledge and understanding and skills acquisition. 

We ensure that when assessing our pupils’ evidence, this is drawn from a wide range of sources to inform the process including: pupil discussions and related questioning, day to day observations, practical activities, presentation and communication of fieldwork data and writing opportunities. 

The endpoints of each enquiry serve to inform the teacher’s developing picture of the knowledge and understanding of each pupil and to plan future learning accordingly.  The endpoints from each enquiry build an emerging picture of what the pupil knows, understands and can do.  Recall and knowledge of different enquiries is developed through pre and post unit quizzes too.

Geography Websites

Photographs From Around The UK

KS1

KS2

 

Useful Geography Documents - Click to view the document

Geographical Tools and Techniques

EYFS & KS1

 

LKS2

 

UKS2

Geographical Skills

Skills Glossary

 

Progression in Geography

 

Geographical Concepts

Geography's Second Order Concepts

 

The importance of geographical concepts in curriculum planning

 

Gail Peters Map

Working As A Geographer

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