Geography- 'Every Child a Geographer'
In our curriculum, geography will inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Outdoor learning experiences will be at the heart of our geography curriculum. All pupils will benefit from teaching and learning that is based upon the programmes of study for geography which are set out in the National Curriculum.
At Gorsewood we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum at Gorsewood enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills.
The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Gorsewood and also to their further education and beyond. We seek to help pupils develop the geographical skills needed to collect and analyse information gathered through first hand experiences of the environment and to carry out geographical enquiries.
At Gorsewood geography is taught in blocks throughout the year, to enable children to achieve depth in their learning. We use a scheme of work called ‘ODDIZZI’ to provide us with high-quality primary geography resources. We have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school.
We use the National Curriculum as the basis for our planning in Geography. The NC programme of study will be adapted to suit our local context and make them relevant for the children. The scheme of work is designed so that pupils are increasingly challenged as they move through school.
Outcomes in geography books will evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. Children review their successes in achieving the lesson objectives at the end of every session and are actively encouraged to identify their own target areas. As pupils progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their local areas and its place within the wider geographical context. There will be a clear progression of skills across Key Stage 1 and 2 that builds on prior knowledge.
At Gorsewood geography is fun and inspires a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We will make the world our classroom to enrich the lives of our pupils.