At Ingleton C of E Primary School we are guided by the National Curriculum for Geography.
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.
Geography Curriculum Statement
At Ingleton C of E Primary School our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people: developing children and their role as global citizens as well as inspiring them to become happy and lifelong learners.
Children investigate a range of places to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes, including the heritage within their local community, the wider area of Britain and other Countries across the World. We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate, be curious and enquire about their locality of County Durham so that they can develop a real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special. We also aim to develop the children’s ability to apply geographical skills to enable them to confidently communicate their findings and geographical understanding to a range of audiences.
Through high quality teaching and a learning challenge curriculum, we develop the following essential characteristics of geographers:
- An excellent knowledge of where places are and their physical features, both in Britain and the wider world.
- A comprehensive understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected.
- An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
- Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills, as well as effective presentation techniques.
- The ability to reach clear conclusions and explain their findings.
- Excellent fieldwork skills as well as other geographical aptitudes and techniques.
- The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current issues in society and the environment.
- A genuine interest in the subject and a real sense of curiosity about the world and the people who live here.
As part of this planning process, teachers need to plan the following:
- A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) all children must master and apply in lessons.
- A sequence of thoughtfully planned lessons, which carefully plan for progression and depth concentrating on the geographical skills appropriate to the age group.
- A pre learning task to evidence children’s prior knowledge to the teaching of a subject. The same task is then to be administered as a post learning task at the end of the unit to show progress of children’s learning and knowledge.
- Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning in a philosophical/open manner.
- Educational visits and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience.
- Appropriate curriculum themed home learning tasks which children complete with adults at home.
Our Geography Curriculum is high quality, inspiring and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Coverage and progress are accurately assessed through careful analysis of the application of skills as children move through the Geography curriculum. Teachers assess children’s work in relation to each lesson’s learning challenge, using the traffic light system as stated on our marking policy.
- Through pre and post learning tasks relating to each unit of learning.
- Pupil discussions about their learning.
- The Head Teacher and Subject Leader monitor Geography, reviewing learning and provide constructive feedback to help progress learning. Staff CPD is identified and booked accordingly.
- Regular monitoring as a staff throughout the year to the evaluate the impact of the curriculum.