Geography

Geography

Intent

Geography is, by nature an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. At Christ Church, we aim to deliver a high quality geography curriculum which inspires, in all pupils, a deep curiosity and immense fascination about our wonderful world. Our thematic approach to teaching will equip our pupils with knowledge about local places and physical and human features. Our children will also be given exciting opportunities in order to develop their geographical skills: using maps, globes, aerial photographs and digital mapping to name and identify countries, continents and oceans. We want children to enjoy and love learning about geography by gaining knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and high quality educational visits.  A good level of geography teaching will enable children to provoke and answer questions about the natural and human worlds as well as encouraging our children to develop a greater understanding of their immediate surroundings, our world and their place in it.

 

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Implementation

In order to maintain high standards of teaching and learning in Geography at Christ Church, we implement a thematic curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Through our exciting, topic-based curriculum the children will explore the knowledge and skills they need to develop a broad sense of belonging within our local environment as well as in our wider world. At Christ Church we strive to ensure that Geography has the same importance given to it as the core subjects, as we feel that this is key to enabling all of our children to gain ‘real life’ experiences. For example, using the local area to follow and create maps in Key Stage One, comparing similarities and differences in environments and communities in lower Key Stage 2 and debating world issues on pollution in Upper Key Stage 2. Geography, for our children, will be an exciting, thought-provoking journey that starts in the early years and evolves through to the end of KS2. We implement this through high quality education, which promotes a love of learning about our world. Geographical learning will be accessible and engaging for all learners. This will consist of a variety of different skills and knowledge, including, problem solving, and fieldwork.

 

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Impact

As a result of our high quality Geography teaching, we will create resilient and independent learners who enjoy exciting learning experiences and who are able to make links to their own life, their place in our world and an awareness of the future. The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Christ Church are equipped with an abundance of geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about geography, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in their future. The children will understand how geography ‘happens’ in their local area as well as having a good understanding of the world around them and how it has been shaped. The progression in the curriculum will provide the children with a wealth of rich geographical vocabulary, enabling them to become effective communicators.

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