At Thornaby C of E Primary school, we believe that Geography is integral to our lives and the world around us. We aim to motivate and engage children to be inspired about the world in which we live. Children are encouraged to develop a greater knowledge and understanding about the human and physical aspects of the world, as well as their place in it. We investigate a range of places – both in Britain and around the world – to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes. We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area, so that they can develop of real sense of who they are and what makes our local area unique and special.
The geography curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable. We follow an exciting curriculum based on the Cornerstones topics, which aim to inspire and engage pupils.
• To develop a rich and deep subject knowledge.
• To give children an understanding of their local environment and to compare and contrast this with other environments.
• To provoke questions and provide answers about the natural and human aspects of the world.
• To promote and awe and wonder about the world around us.
• To offer opportunities for children to learn both inside and outdoors, on and off site.
Geography at Thornaby C of E Primary is taught throughout the year, through topics based on the Cornerstones curriculum. These topics are either predominantly based Geography topics, or topics where Geography objectives are met through cross curricular links that allow for a broad and balanced learning experience. Children are given the opportunity to make links and transfer their knowledge in order to achieve a depth of learning that builds, consolidates and sticks.
We have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic. Careful consideration has been given to ensure challenge and progression runs smoothly throughout each year group, so this enables children to make purposeful connections as they progress through school.
At the beginning of each topic, children are provided with a memorable experience in order to engage and excite their curiosity. This is followed by the ‘Develop’ stage, where a range of learning objectives are addressed in order to achieve depth and breadth of the subject. The children are then given the opportunity to recall and apply their skills and knowledge throughout the ‘innovate’ stage. Each topic has opportunities for regular recapping and knowledge retrieval, in order to secure an in-depth subject knowledge. Finally, the ‘Express’ stage allows the children to share their skills and understanding.
Our geography curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills and discreet vocabulary progression also form part of the units of work. Children will deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, including the impact of climate change, and how this affects landscapes and environments. Children will be become independent learners, who have developed an interest and knowledge about their local environment, as well as the world around them.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
• Assessing children’s understanding of topic linked vocabulary before and after the unit is taught.
• Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.
• Marking of written work in books.
• Images and videos of the children’s practical learning.
• Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
• Moderation staff meetings where pupil’s books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work.