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Intent

At Old Clee Primary Academy we place a great emphasis upon the importance of Geography lessons being enquiry based and promoting independent learning. In doing so, we strive to inspire in our pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and to provide them with the opportunities to become global citizens, deepening their interest and wonder in exploring their own place in the world.

Our children will develop a sense of their world on a local, national and global level understanding both how people affect their environment and how environments affect human behaviour. Learning is spiralised and the Geography curriculum has been carefully designed to include local links to learn about Grimsby’s past and present trade and industry. Geography encourages children to learn through experience, particularly through practical and fieldwork activities.

Our children will gain an understanding of people and places in more distant areas so they can begin to realise the great and rich variety of our world. They will have a clear understanding of their responsibilities within their own society whist also having a sound awareness into the sustainability of an ever-changing world.

Through the teaching of geography, Old Clee intends to:

  • Increase pupils’ awareness, knowledge and understanding of other cultures.
  • Develop pupils’ key skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps.
  • Make pupils aware of environmental problems at a local, regional and global level.
  • Encourage pupils to commit to sustainable development.
  • Develop a variety of skills, including those in relation to problem-solving, computing and collecting data in order to form conclusions.

Our intent is that teachers fully understand our Continuous Concepts and Progressive Elements, including the skills our children need to develop. They will confidently use the Geography planning documents such as the Matrix and the Continuous Concepts to plan engaging and varied lessons. Teachers will evidence the continuous concepts covered within each lesson and will reflect upon the children’s learning after each lesson to inform a teacher-based assessment at three data points throughout the year.

 

Implementation

Geography will be delivered in fortnightly lessons with a Proof of Progress (POP) task at the end of every term. This will give teachers a clear idea of the progress each child has made. Lessons will be spiralised so that children can build upon their prior learning and develop schema knowledge to deepen their understanding of the subject.

Foundation Stage

Within the Early Years Foundation Stage, activities and experiences for pupils are based on the seven areas of learning and development. Provision focuses upon four specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

In particular, geography-based activities play an important role in developing pupils’ understanding of the world, helping them to comprehend a world beyond their local community.

Key Stage 1

In key stage 1, pupils will develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They will be taught how to use basic vocabulary pertaining to human and physical geography, including first-hand observation, to enhance their local awareness.

Key Stage 2

Pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, and North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s significant human and physical features. They should develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.

 

Impact

Because learning is a change to long-term memory, it is impossible to see the impact in the short term. We do, however, look at the practices taking place to determine whether they are likely to produce results in the long run.

Children will have regular opportunities for retrieval practice and to reflect on their learning. They will continue to build a range of vocabulary to enable them to articulate their understanding of geography. Children will develop their geographical skills by implementing them throughout the year and building on them as they move up the school. They will understand the processes that cause change over time to physical and human features. 

Our children will be confident in explaining what it means to be a geographer – that a geographer can locate and describe places across the world and investigate them using resources; can talk about patterns in countries in terms of weather and physical and human features; and can use geographical vocabulary to describe a places location and their physical and human features.

Teachers will feel confident teaching Geography and subsequently will be confident in their delivery of our curriculum. CPD, lesson observations, learning walks, feedback and professional dialogue will offer teachers the support they need to build this confidence in the subject.

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