The importance of Geography is highlighted by QCDA National Curriculum document which states:
‘The study of geography stimulates an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on pupils’ own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.
Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.’ – QCDA
At Holy Spirit we deliver an ambitious, knowledge-based geography curriculum that aims to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know firstly about their own locality and subsequently the wider world. Our curriculum develops children’s skills to allow them to understand maps by recognising symbols and features from local to global map readings. Children will learn to identify where we are, giving children a sense of spatial understanding of our community and school, leading to understanding spatial layout, world locations, landscape patterns and relationships between worldwide environments.
Ofsted findings in 2019 suggested that children attending our school need more focus on maths and English in their learning. It is therefore our aim, to accelerate pupils’ learning by embedding reading, writing and maths through the wider curriculum. As a result, we will inevitably teach Geography through a careful selection of class texts in literacy lessons that will reflect the age- appropriate geography focus for that half term. As stated in the new EYFS Early Learning Goals, we should encourage children to become more independent learners, developing their ability to self-regulate their behaviour and their learning. It is important that this approach carries through into KS1 and KS2. Foundation subjects offer numerous opportunities for pupils to embed their skills as independent thinkers and learners. Teachers will continue to be aspirational for all groups of learners, by reinforcing their success criteria in English, across the wider range of subjects.
Our geography curriculum builds upon prior knowledge in a carefully sequenced curriculum, both within and between year groups, and makes links to other subject areas. Pupils develop an understanding of key substantive concepts (maps, location, size, scale, view, landscape, country, city, place, environment, physical, human and climate) that act as threads throughout the geography curriculum from the beginning to the end of the pupils’ primary education.
We aim for our pupils to become environmentally conscious and proactive citizens; therefore, we intend on having a strong cultural capital in our school where children play a part in making our world a better place. Our school will address the question ‘Can we save the environment?’ and we will participate in events to help save our planet. For example, Great Big School Clean Up 2020 in March.