Geography Curriculum Statement

The intention of the Geography Curriculum at North Marston C of E Primary School is to inspire children’s curiosity and interest to explore the world that we live in and its people, which aims to ignite a love of learning. We intend to equip children with geographical skills to develop their knowledge through studying places, people and natural and human environments both locally and more widely. Through our teaching, we intend to provoke thought, questions and to encourage children to discover answers to their own questions through exploration and research to enable them to gain a greater understanding and knowledge of the world and their place in it.  This helps the children 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. We aim to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding, thus, helping them to have a greater understanding of their place in the world, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.

We encourage children to explore and ask questions. Geography is taught through a progressive skills based curriculum, linked to curriculum themes being taught. This gives real purpose to the teaching and allows the children to understand and develop their knowledge in the context of the theme and then apply to wider concepts. As such, cross curricular outcomes in geography are specifically planned for and the local area is fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom (including Forest School). Teachers are encouraged to consider opportunities available to use the school grounds and the local area for fieldwork to enable children to base learning on first hand experiences to enhance teaching and learning in Geography. Through the teaching and learning, pupils are taught to use geographical vocabulary which is appropriate and accurate and which develops and evolves from EYFS to KS1 and through to KS2. They are given opportunities to communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Outcomes in Geography and English books, evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge relating to each of the identified national curriculum strands, as appropriate to key stage; locational knowledge, place knowledge and human and physical geography. This is in addition to the development and application of key skills, supported by fieldwork. As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their local area and it`s place within the wider geographical context.