At Staunton and Corse C of E Academy, we shape our Geography curriculum to meet the full requirements of the National Curriculum. We provide a broad and balanced Geography curriculum that is inclusive and that ensures appropriate progression in knowledge and skills across the Key Stages. 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. We aim to provide the pupils with a sound knowledge of both their local area and the wider world. They will develop their understanding of physical and human features of places. We will embed the relevant geographical vocabulary so that pupils are able to discuss features of their world and issues such as land use and ecological issues. We aim to create a deep locational knowledge and a confidence in map skills. We also endeavour to foster in our pupils love, care and concern for our world and its future.
Geography is taught discretely, with classes having either a Geography or History theme per half term. We ensure that there is a progression of knowledge, understanding and skills from the EYFS through to Year Six, as stated in our school’s progression of skills document. For example, in KS1, children are able to construct a simple key for a map, before progressing onto devising more complex keys in lower KS2 and eventually devising a key that makes use of ordinance survey symbols in upper KS2. Our teachers plan their lessons using the National Curriculum to make certain that all pupils receive the full coverage of Geography at their level. Through communication with each other and careful planning scheme with the help of the scheme Oddizzi, our teachers assess which areas need further concentration and ensure that this happens during the year. Teachers make use of our extensive school grounds to give the pupils opportunities for field work and exploration of nature. An example of this is the use of our Cross Curricular Orienteering programme which is incorporated into our geography teaching across the school. This enables children to practise the core map skills they have been taught in a relevant and engaging context to reach various points around the school grounds. They also have the chance to put their geographical skills and vocabulary to use when taking part in local walks and on site orienteering. Children’s work in Geography is recorded both in their books and in their Seesaw journals.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Staunton and Corse are equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. Children will have a good understanding about the geography of the local, national and global “world around them.” Children will have a particular understanding of the geography of their local area. We informally assess the pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding in Geography continuously through discussions during lessons and the work they produce throughout the year. We also assess them against the learning intentions for their year group during the summer term of each year so that their next teacher can be informed of their progress.