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Geography

At St Andrew’s Church of England primary school, we aim to shape our geography curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Geography; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of geographical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to develop a love for geography and a knowledge of the wider world and their place in it.

Intent

At St Andrew’s, we aim for a high quality geography curriculum which should inspire pupils to have a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Our teaching gives children knowledge of places and people; where people live and what their lives are like. Our teaching explains physical and human processes and the formation and use of landscapes, enabling the children to understand processes and natural events that have shaped our planet, as well as an understanding of the impact of humans on our Earth

We also want children to develop geographical skills: collecting and analysing data; using maps, globes, aerial photographs and digital mapping to name and identify countries, continents and oceans; and communicating information in a variety of ways.

We want children to enjoy and love learning about geography by gaining knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.

Implementation

In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in geography, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. For example, using the local area to follow maps in Key Stage 1, to comparing the similarities and differences in environments and communities in Lower Key Stage 2, through to debating world issues and events in Upper Key Stage 2.

Our Eco School also teaches children the importance of caring for the local environment as well as wider ecological and environmental issues. Our class Eco warriors help to raise the profile of reducing, reusing and recycling throughout our school in many ways, including collecting fruit waste for composting, turning off unnecessary electricity, used pen recycling, paper recycling and reducing single use plastic.

Impact

The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at St Andrew’s are equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.

We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about geography, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.