Our Curriculum Intent
Subject Leader: Mr Ellis
BA (QTS) Geography
Our Geography curriculum aims to:
- Inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.
- Develop knowledge of the location of globally significant places including their physical and human characteristics.
- Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of different regions.
- Describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography using a wide range of geographical vocabulary.
- Use geographical skills including maps, atlases, globes, digital computer mapping, compasses, grid references etc.
- Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods.
How is our Geography curriculum planned?
Early Years Provision
Activities and experiences for pupils will be based on the areas of learning and development, as outlined in the DfE’s ‘Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’. All activities will adhere to the objectives set out in this framework. In particular, geography-based activities will be used to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the ‘People Culture and Communities’ and ‘The Natural World.’
Years 1 to 6 Provision
Geography is taught as a discrete subject, although links are made with other subjects where possible (please refer to our Curriculum Overviews). Planning considers our local context, particularly in the case of fieldwork opportunities. Pupils' learning is enriched through class visits, visitors, fieldwork and workshops, inspiring pupils' curiosity and fascination to learn more about their world.
- Pupils are presented with Knowledge Organisers at the start of each topic. They include ‘sticky knowledge’ we want pupils to remember and understand, as well as lists of key unit vocabulary including definitions.
- All planning uses an enquiry approach, including enquiry questions, investigations, research and local studies.
- Teachers plan one visit/visitor, every term, to consolidate and enhance learning.
- Teachers frequently recap on work covered to help pupils retain key knowledge. This includes the use of quizzes.
- All pupils complete summative ‘Key Assessment Tasks’ at the end of a unit of work linked to their enquiry question. This helps inform ongoing teacher assessments of attainment and progress.
Places of Interest
You may wish to visit the following places with your child-
Local places of interest:
Our Local Area: Uxbridge Walking Trails -
Animals and their Habitats: Zoo visit
Journeys - Food: Visit to a pick your own farm - Copas Farm
or Home Cottage Farm, Iver
Coasts: Day trip to the seaside
Biomes topic: Kew Gardens
Visit to a local river:
Earthquakes and Volcanoes: Eathquake simulator - Natural History Museum
A Study of the Alpine Region
Evidence of Change: St. Andrew's Park, Uxbridge
Amazon topic: The Living Rainforest
Useful Websites - Class Topics
Water and Holidays: Barnaby Bear video clips
Go Jetters - CBeebies
Visit to a Working Farm - Barnaby Bear
Weather and Climate: BBC Bitesize
Earthquakes: BBC Bitesize
Rivers: BBC Bitesize
Let's Explore the Alps: BBC Bitesize
Fossil Fuels and Renewable Energy: BBC Bitesize