Our Geography curriculum is knowledge rich. As the children progress through the geography curriculum they will know more and understand more about the world around them with a firm foundation of knowledge and skills. Children will learn about key geographical concepts such as space, place and the environment. The curriculum helps pupils deepen their understanding of physical and human geography, fostering curiosity and knowledge to explore the world around them and have a greater understanding of their planet.
We intend for the children to develop a knowledge of our community and locality. We want the children to respect and appreciate the world and encourage stewardship of their surroundings.
At Trottiscliffe C of E Primary School we follow the national curriculum. Each year the curriculum begins with a ‘Spatial Sense’ unit which explicitly teachers geographical skills, such as locating places on a map, identifying locations using co-ordinates and interpreting population data. Every year children will study at least one unit of British geography. In KS1 and KS2 children will study units of European geography that introduce regions of Europe, climate, trade, physical
features and contrasting environments. Areas studied include Mediterranean Europe, Eastern Europe and Western Europe. The children will also study world geography. They will focus on places such as North and South America, Asia, Australia and the South Pacific Islands. The children will describe and understand physical geography of countries and continents, including rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes. They will consider a range of human geographical features, such as settlements, land use and natural resources.
The children experience visits to the local area to develop their awareness of their locality as well as trips further afield when appropriate.
We use a range of strategies to assess what skills and knowledge the children have attained, including:
- book looks
- pupil voice
- regular feedback each lesson
Our geography curriculum equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people and environments. We have seen that arming children with powerful knowledge about the world around them helps them to develop a love for the subject of geography, and also recognise their own role in becoming a responsible global citizen.