Geography

At St. Joseph’s, we aim to provide a high-quality geography education which will inspire pupils curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, hopefully remaining with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching will equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.

Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

Geography Intent, Implementation and Impact

Curriculum Intent

Here at St. Joseph’s, we aim to provide a high-quality geography education which will inspire pupil’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, hopefully remaining with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching will equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

Geography is taught through timetabled specific lessons on a half termly basis, alternating with History. The Rising Stars scheme of work is used for the delivery of Geography lessons.

Aims

EYFS

As part of the EYFS Framework, children are taught all about ‘Understanding the world’. This covers People and Communities and The World.

EYFS children work towards the following early learning goals…

  • To look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.
  • To talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.
  • To know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.
  • To know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.
  • To talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.

Key Stage 1 and 2

The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
  • Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
  • Are competent in the geographical skills needed to:

– collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes.

– Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

– Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Curriculum Impact

Assessment of children’s learning in Geography is an ongoing monitoring of children’s understanding, knowledge and skills by the class teacher, throughout lessons. This assessment is then used to inform differentiation, support and challenge required by the children.

Summative assessments take place throughout the year and teachers record the progress and attainment against the National Curriculum expectations. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. This data is analysed on a termly basis to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment.

Final end of year assessments are made using assessment criteria that has been developed in line with the National Curriculum. Thus identifying the level in which the child is working.

Below you will find the whole school subject overview and progression frameworks for this area of the curriculum.

Geography skills progression

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Geography progression framework lks2_0

Geography progression framework ks1_0

Geography Overview