The intention of the Geography Curriculum at Bournebrook C of E Primary School is to inspire children’s curiosity and interest to explore the world that we live in and its people. We aim to provide them with the geographical skills necessary to develop their knowledge of places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deeper understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
In Foundation Stage, Geography is embedded within the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum through the area Understanding the World, which guides early years children when making sense of their physical world and community.
In years one to six, children are taught the content of the National Curriculum for Geography on a three year cycle through termly topics covering the following areas:
· Locational knowledge.
· Place knowledge.
· Human and physical Geography.
· Geographical skills and fieldwork.
Some topics have solely a Geography focus, whilst others link to History.
Lower and upper school staff plan collaboratively ensuring topics develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for subsequent learning and the content is both engaging and clearly differentiated for each year group.
Our local area is fully utilised with ample opportunities for learning outside the classroom. Visits and additional fieldwork opportunities are also planned for each year of the three year cycle to enhance children’s understanding of the world beyond their immediate locality.
At Bournebrook C of E Primary School, we continually strive to ensure children achieve the highest standard possible in all subjects. We measure the impact of our Geography curriculum through the following methods:
· Verbal feedback is provided within lessons and children’s work is acknowledged marked with misconceptions addressed verbally.
· Formative assessments are made against key questions and these assessments inform future planning.
· Regular book trawls ensure children’s work demonstrates a broad and balanced Geography curriculum and a clear progression of knowledge, skills and understanding.
· Through pupil voice, children discuss their learning in Geography with confidence and enthusiasm.