Curriculum - Geography
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in geography, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Geography is taught as part of a termly or half termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. Year group staff plan topic-based sequences of lessons using our curriculum coverage and progression of skills documents, which ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum objectives and a logical progression in the skills taught year upon year. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Geography is taught through the area of learning known as ‘Understanding the World’, in which children are guided to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. In Key Stage 1, children build upon their knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They learn basic subjectspecific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness. In Key Stage 2, pupils extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.
At Pheasey Park Farm, we ensure that geography has the same importance given to it as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. In addition to learning about environmental issues within relevant geography lessons, pupils understanding of such issues at both a local and global scale is enriched through our participation in the Eco Schools programme, whereby topics such as Litter, Energy, Transport and Global Citizenship are explored.
Outcomes in topic books will evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. As children progress throughout the school, they will deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and how this affects landscapes and environments. Children at Pheasey Park Farm will be equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for secondary education and for life as an adult in the wider world