At Holy Family and St Michael’s our intent is that the teaching of Geography will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Geography, both the physical and human features, in England and the wider world. We aim to build children’s awareness of their local area using field studies, maps and topical vocabulary and in the same way we will build their awareness of geography in the wider world using the same geographical skills and making observations. We aim for it to stimulate pupils’ curiosity and wonder about the world around them and for the teaching of geography to enable pupils’ to make connections and links as they go about their daily life.
We are guided by the EYFS profile and the National Curriculum for Geography (2014). To support the children in meeting the objectives of the NC we use a long term planning approach from Oddizzi which covers the necessary topics and skills for each year groups ARE. It also builds on prior learning and skills taught enabling them to become confident geographers as they progress through the curriculum. Core skills, knowledge, vocabulary and concepts acquired in the autumn and spring terms are applied towards the end of the year in the context of a place-based study. There are end of unit assessments which are useful in identifying and re teaching any gaps in learning. They have their own online access to develop their knowledge at home and we share our knowledge organisers with both home and school. These become working documents children highlight and self-assess as we progress through a unit.
In EYFS provision and opportunities are provided that allow the children to explain some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries, drawing on knowledge from stories, non-fiction texts and – when appropriate – maps. They will also be supported to describe their immediate environment using knowledge from observation, discussion, stories, non-fiction texts and maps.
Our Geography Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress and will become confident, knowledgeable and skillful geographers. They will gain awareness of jobs that consider the skills used in geography and will be inspired to develop this further as they move on to higher education.