At Stock Primary School, we believe that Geography helps to provoke and answer questions about the natural and human world, encouraging children to develop a greater understanding of their world and their place and responsibilities within it. Geography helps children to develop a range of investigation and problem-solving skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can be used to promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills and feeds a child’s natural curiosity. We seek to inspire in children’s curiosity and fascination about the world in which they live, and its people, which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We aim to ensure children are aware of topical geographical issues, the importance of sustainability and human action upon our world and armed with this knowledge debate and make decisions about how they chose to live.
Geography is one of the subjects used as a topic focus within the school year. It may be the key focus of a topic, but we also aim to ensure that it integrates into other areas of the curriculum such as history and science. We have identified the key objectives of each topic, the important vocabulary that children need to have an understanding of and have mapped the skills progression throughout the year groups. At the beginning of topic, children are encouraged to convey what they know already as well as what they would like to find out. This informs the programme of study and ensures that lessons are relevant and take account of children’s different starting points. We set out to explore the world around us with local visits and use online research tools and atlases to explore the more ‘far away’ places.
Through the geography curriculum we deliver, we aim for our children to develop a greater understanding of their immediate locality as well as an understanding that we live in one small part of the world, a world which is very diverse in terms of both people and places. Children will leave our school with an understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and how this affects landscapes and environments. It is our aim that the geography curriculum taught at Stock equips children with the key knowledge and skills, set out in the National Curriculum, but also with a sense of awareness of themselves as people within a wide world and the impact that they can have upon the world in which they live.
We summative assess at the end of each topic allowing us to determine their understanding and to inform future planning. We feel that this gives us a better understanding of the child’s knowledge and skills.