“Teaching should 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.” National Curriculum 2014
At Addmore Federation we believe that ensuring a high-quality geography education will inspire pupils to develop their curiosity and fascination about the world around them, and its people. Our aim is to teach the skills and knowledge necessary to develop children as confident geographers.
Through the framework of the National Curriculum 2014, 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.
Our aims in teaching geography are:
- to foster in children an interest in the world and its people and to develop an understanding that enables them to enjoy all that geography has to offer;
- to enable children to know about significant global places;
- to understand the processes related to physical and human geography;
- to develop children’s skills of enquiry, data collection and interpretation, investigation, analysis, evaluation and presentation.
Geography is a foundation subject, taught in blocks through ‘topic’ themes, usually for half a term at a time. Through these themes our children will develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject. In our Early Years settings geography is taught as part of the Foundation Stage curriculum: Understanding the World. This is one of the seven areas of learning in the Foundation Stage.
We integrate our Curriculum Drivers into all of our units of work. Geography supports the delivery of our Curriculum Drivers:
- Exploring Opportunities – We enhance learning by taking part in visits and field trips as well as welcoming visitors to our school for talks and demonstrations.
- Outdoor Education - We take every opportunity to plan lessons that take part outdoors. This could be in our school grounds or the local community.
- Christian Values - Our Christian Values underpin all that we do in our school and exemplify the qualities we hope to instil in our pupils before they leave us. Geography enables us to reinforce our Christian Values e.g. Responsibility and respect – caring for our world; recycling; land management; rainforests. Courage – challenging the status quo; developing views.
- Learning for Life – We want our children develop a love of learning, so that they continue to be curious and learn throughout their lives.
- Our Place in the World – We want our pupils to be considerate, kind and thoughtful citizens and to value all life and our planet. Geography plays a big part in this driver as we support pupils to develop a good understanding of their local community, the wider world and their place in it.
How the national curriculum for geography fits into the delivery of our school curriculum is detailed on the downloadable documents listed at the bottom of this page.