“Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?”
Sir Michael Palin
At St Michael’s, we will provide high quality Geography teaching, underpinned by the National Curriculum, that holds our children and their aspirations, environment and development at its heart. Our curriculum allows children to build a secure understanding of our locality through exploration and fieldwork, as well as embracing our multicultural St Michael’s school community, celebrating a variety of cultures and heritages whilst learning about the wider world which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Our Geography curriculum will stimulate an awe and wonder of people and place as we explore each continent throughout the journey of EYFS to Year 6. By the time our children reach the end of their primary journey we endeavour for them to have the ability to communicate effectively using a broad and varied Geographical vocabulary obtained from both explicit teaching, spaced retrieval practice and exposure to high quality texts. Our progressive curriculum addresses the ‘big ideas’ of geography such as place, space, scale, environmental impact, human and physical processes and cultural awareness through carefully organised manageable chunks, designed to build schema and support children’s cognitive load.
Through high quality teaching, children are exposed to Disciplinary knowledge within the Geography curriculum such as ‘Thinking like a Geographer’ and accepting the idea that Geography is an evolving subject, open to debate and challenge as we work towards understanding our world better.
As well as this, substantive knowledge of place, location, human and physical processes and geographical skill is woven throughout each subject and practiced in our regular retrieval activities to ensure our children know more and remember more.
Our Aims for the teaching and learning of Geography
The main aims of our Geography curriculum are:
Develop a higher level of Geographical Vocabulary used by our children from EYFS to Y6. This development of vocabulary should be well sequenced to ensure progression and challenge as the children progress through the school.
Vocabulary should be taught explicitly throughout every Geography lesson using our whole school techniques such as ‘My turn, your turn’, using a variety of voices for repetition and the ‘Word Aware rap’ where appropriate.
High quality texts should be used to supplement our Geography curriculum where appropriate, providing opportunities for children to see Geographical content in books they enjoy and to support our School Improvement priority of improving reading across the school.
Ensure fieldwork is taught in every year group, making use of our school grounds and locality to immerse our children in the environment, supporting the acquisition of Geographical vocabulary and providing opportunity to experience and explore the natural world.
To implement the ‘Opening Worlds Humanities’ programme across the KS2. During this period of implementation, aspects that are effective will be rolled out and adopted by other year groups to ensure consistency in the teaching of Geography.
Opening Worlds Humanities Curriculum
We are currently in the process of implementing the Opening Worlds Humanities Programme in partnership with School Improvement Liverpool. This humanities programme is currently followed by Years 3 and 4 with a view to extend this for Upper KS2 over the next two-year period. This programme is focused around scope, rigour, coherence and sequencing of the Geography curriculum. This programme is broad in scope, exposing our children to a vast variety of locations to feed their curiosity. In these sessions, children are transported to new locations from the Indus Valley to California and the Amazon Basin to explore and discover further as Geographers. This programme is coherently sequenced, building pupils ability to compare and contrast, forming their own opinions and critical judgements of Geographical ideas and concepts. This is taught through high leverage activities which encourage pupils to think hard about the information presented to them and begin to develop a broader, deeper understanding of the world around them. This programme has been well received by both our learners and the teachers delivering the sessions thus far and will be utilised further across KS2 as our children progress through the year groups.
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Our Geography curriculum is designed to inspire in pupils a curiosity, and a fascination about the world around them. To give our pupils the chance to explore the globe further, we have ensured our library areas within every classroom house a selection of fascinating Geography themed non-fiction books.
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