At Chew Stoke Church School we offer a structure and sequence of lessons to help teachers ensure they have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. The content allows for a broader, deeper understanding of the four areas of geography identified in the curriculum. It develops contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places and understanding of the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, along with how they bring about variation and change over time. We intend to develop the children`s curiosity and fascination of the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
The units offer a range of inclusive opportunities for investigating places around the world as well as physical and human processes are intended to improve children’s geographical vocabulary, map skills and geographical facts and provide opportunities for consolidation, challenge and variety to ensure interest and progress in the subject.
In KS1, children begin to use maps and recognise physical and human features to do with the local area, building to using maps to explore the continents and oceans of the world in year 2. Further, in year 2, children will begin to compare where they live to places outside of Europe and ask and answer geographical questions. In KS2, map skills are developed further using digital maps, more keys and symbols and children begin to use more fieldwork skills and experience geography first hand. Through revisiting and consolidating skills, lesson plans and resources help children build on prior knowledge alongside introducing new skills and challenge. All children expand on their skills in local knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography, geographical skills and fieldwork. Across both key stages, children have a range of opportunities to experience geography through practical engaging tasks beyond the classroom. Links to other subjects enable all pupils to express their knowledge through Art, writing and drama.
Our Geography Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. Outcomes in topic books evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
• Reflecting on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
• Children retaining knowledge that is pertinent to Geography;
• Children’s enjoyment of Geography lessons and keenness to find out more about our world;
• Evidence of work showing a range of topics covered, cross-curriculum links and differentiated work;
• High standards in Geography that match standards in other subjects such as English and Maths;
• SLT are kept informed through feedback from moderations, subject reports and annual subject action plans