Geography at St Elisabeth’s CE Primary School
Intent – why we teach what we teach
At St Elisabeth’s CE Primary School, we believe that Geography helps to provoke and answer questions about the natural and human worlds, encouraging children to develop a greater understanding of their world and their place in it. It helps 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. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote 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.
During their time at St Elisabeth’s CE Primary School, we believe that children should develop their knowledge of both human and physical geography and develop their geographical skills. Consequently, the children will have the opportunity to become increasingly proficient and confident at:
- age-appropriate, accurate knowledge of physical and human characteristics of a wide range of globally significant places
- using this knowledge to understand the actions of important geographical processes
- understanding that these processes give rise to physical and human geographical features
- using geographical vocabulary which is appropriate and accurate
- collecting, analysing and presenting a range of data, gathered through fieldwork
- using and interpreting a wide range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs
- communicating geographical information in a variety of ways
Lastly, within geography we aim to promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development helping them to have a greater understanding of their place in the world, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.
Implementation – how we teach what we teach
In our EYFS the geography curriculum is covered within the Understanding of the World area of learning. Children in the EYFS have the opportunity to look at maps, watch videos sing songs and matching activities. In Key Stage 1 children are given the opportunity to study local as well as more global geography. Our geography topics are often linked to history and English topics to provide a developing context.
In Key Stage 2 rather than teach superficially across many geographical themes, geography at St Elisabeth’s CE Primary School is taught in depth in fewer topics. This gives children the opportunity to develop comprehensive knowledge and a wide range of concepts and skills of the regions and themes they study. In Key Stage 2 our children have the opportunity to study a good balance of human and physical geography and within this there is a balance between global and local geography. They are able to develop a wide range of geographical skills such as mapping and field work skills. They are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different geographical regions. Each unit of work incorporates many cross curricular links with English, art, history and design and technology.
Impact – how we measure what we teach
The impact of our geography curriculum is that children will have a deep understanding of the world around them and their place in it. They will have developed analytical thinking and questioning skills which will have prepared them thoroughly for the next phase of their education and beyond. The children’s learning journey in geography is assessed each term using the current assessment framework with judgements by class teachers having been informed by the contributions made by children in class discussions and work recorded in their books. Geography is reported on formally to parents at the end of each academic year. Progress of children is tracked throughout their time at St Elisabeth’s CE Primary School Primary.