Geography at Leedon Lower School
Through teaching Geography in our school, we intend to inspire pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We believe that teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and both natural and human environments to help develop their understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We aim to provide children with opportunities to investigate, compare and enquire about their local areas so that they can develop a real sense of who they are and where they come from. We are committed to a language rich curriculum where children are introduced to, and expected to use, the correct and appropriate geographical vocabulary for their stage of development. Teachers will provide a wide range of exciting & enriching learning opportunities designed to engage children. We want our children to gain confidence and practical experiences of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time, including the positive contributions that they could make as informed global citizens. At Leedon we combine interactive lessons taught within our school grounds with educational visits to places of local interest. We take advantage of our local woodland , Rushmere, with many year groups undertaking geographical studies there.
Pupils knowledge and skills are built up and developed as they progress through the school. Their growing knowledge and skills about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, of the formation and use of landscapes and environments as well as current local and global environmental issues. A whole school curriculum framework for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth, concentrates on the geographical skills, vocabulary and objectives suited to the age group. Wherever possible, geographical skills, knowledge and understanding will be developed by creating opportunities across the curriculum for children to transfer their geographical skills, effectively make links and understand geographical issues in real-life contexts.
Our Geography Curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression across the EYFS and primary phases. The impact of our curriculum is measured against the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum, using the following approaches: