“The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides
and bring people together.”
At Swanton Abbott Primary School, we aim for a high quality geography curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Teaching equips pupils with a deep understanding of the four key areas. It will develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places and an understanding of the processes that give rise to the key physical and human geographical features around the world. The aim is for lessons to improve use of vocabulary, knowledge of geographical facts, map skills and provide opportunities for challenge and variety to inspire curiosity in the world around them. We see Geography as essential for children to understand the world and help prepare them for their place in it.
In Key Stage 1, Geography is taught as part of a topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. In Key Stage 2, geography is taught discreetly although there will be curriculum links where appropriate. All children expand on their skills in local knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork. For example, using the local area to follow maps in Key Stage 1, to comparing the similarities and differences in environments and communities, through to considering world issues such as climate, sustainable energy and the impact of global trade in Key Stage 2.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Swanton Abbott Primary School are equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. Children will be able to make links with other curriculum subjects such as science and history. They will be able to and interpret a range of sources of geographical information and communicate their own learning appropriately. They will use geographical vocabulary accurately and have a deepening understand of the different areas of Geography. Children will be able to improve their enquiry skills and develop a curiosity about the world around them and the impact they have on it.
Learning is assessed at the end of units of work using a variety of formats including a ‘double page spread’. Children will be supported to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding according to age.