All geography lessons are planned according to the National Curriculum requirements and aims using knowledge organisers to support the delivery of a high quality curriculum. Geography lessons are taught weekly during specific terms throughout the year, with the other terms being dedicated to history. Knowledge Organisers are used by the children during the lessons, as this provides them with a reference point for key information. Each unit of learning has clearly defined endpoints, where we aim to ensure our learners can explain key curriculum concepts within the context of their recent learning, this is aided by an ‘enquiry question’ which allows children to demonstrate this.
Through engaging, well planned and exciting lessons, specific sequences of learning build upon previously acquired knowledge and skills. Pupils work both independently and in groups during lessons to ensure that all children are able to access and appreciate their learning. Specific skills such as map reading and locational knowledge form an important part of geography lessons and teachers will adapt lessons in response to the needs of the pupils to ensure that they are continuously acquiring and developing these key geographical skills.
In geography lessons, pupils will develop knowledge about the world around them. They will be taught subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and learn key geographical concepts and skills, including first-hand observation to enhance their awareness of all aspects of geography, including their own local area.
Pupils are taught:
Teachers have designed the school’s geography provision to encourage and enable a clear progression of learning within each of the above strands, starting with children’s immediate local experiences and progressing to locational / place knowledge that is more abstract or further afield. Human and Physical Geography is intrinsically linked to expected place knowledge and developed further as the children move through the school.
Weekly assessments take place at the start of each lesson through target memories, to revisit the previous lesson’s learning and to ensure the retention of newly acquired knowledge. At the end of each term, children complete a final quiz which provides teachers with assessment information.