At Snapethorpe, a high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. 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. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
Our geography skills are taught within our ‘Creative’ curriculum using the national curriculum objectives. As a school, we have ensured each area of focus is broken down into year group specific expectations allowing the children to develop new knowledge and skills and build on prior knowledge as they progress through school. When mapping out the skills breakdown we have ensured that each year group studies two geography units over the year which last a half term each or some extend to one term dependent on the expected coverage.
Children’s geographical learning starts with the familiar and slowly builds outwards across the UK and the rest of the world. This pattern is repeated in Year 1 and 2 allowing the children to build on prior knowledge. In key stage two, children start the year with learning about physical geography with units on earthquakes and volcanoes, rivers and mountains and rainforests. More in depth studies allow children to then develop their understanding of the interactions between physical and human geography, with units on Europe, India, Africa and Japan. Children express their learning in a variety of ways, including writing, discussion, graphs and art.
Throughout the geography units planned and taught for at Snapethorpe, other subjects are also woven through where appropriate such as art and design, design and technology, cooking and nutrition and computing. The units children study offer scope to use a variety of geographical resources including globes, atlases and digital resources. Key technical vocabulary is identified for each unit, allowing children to build a rich bank of geographical language.
Within the Geography curriculum we also ensure that the knowledge is progressive and have identified key information that the children will know at the end of each area of learning.