At North Tawton Primary School, we offer a geography curriculum which incorporates fundamental geographical knowledge and skills, allowing pupils to build on a firm foundation in future years. We hope to inspire pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments. Teaching should develop a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to understand the relationship between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
We want our children to gain confidence and enjoy the practical experiences of geography. Children should have the skills to explain a range of aspects studied and have a broad vocabulary which can be applied across all units.
Children’s geography learning begins right at the beginning of their experience in school. In the EYFS, geography is learnt through ‘Understanding the World’, in the topics of 'People and Communities' and 'The Natural World'. This is planned within the play-based curriculum led by the children themselves and by teachers in adult led learning. Geography skills are also developed through Forest School and Outdoor Learning as children learn about sustainability and our impact on the environment.
In KS1 and KS2, our geography curriculum is progressive and builds on prior knowledge and skills year on year. Pupils will revisit geographical skills and knowledge in order to embed and deepen understanding, and at the start of each unit, they have an opportunity to show what they already know in an elicitation task. Consideration is given to how the wide range of abilities will be catered for within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported as part of the school’s commitment to inclusion. Children have access to knowledge organisers containing key language and information in order to support their learning and cross-curricular links are woven into a unit, providing pupils with opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge in other subjects. At the end of a unit, pupils complete an end of unit quiz in order to show case their understanding.
The impact of our geography curriculum is that our pupils are equipped with the geographical skills and knowledge for life as an adult in the wider world and to enable them to be ready for the secondary curriculum. Pupils will be able to discuss their learning and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through a range of activities. Through their studies in geography, children will learn about the features, diversity, wonder and importance of our world and how it should be treated, setting them up to be responsible global citizens.