Geography Curriculum Statement
At St Thomas’s we shape our geography curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Geography; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of geographical concepts, knowledge and skills.
Our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Children investigate a range of places- both in the United Kingdom and abroad- to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes. We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area, what makes it special and unique. We also 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, we develop the following essential characteristics of geographers:
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in geography, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Starting with the early Years Foundation Stage who lay the foundations using the guidance from the ‘Development Matters’, which aims for all children in Nursery and Reception to have an ‘Understanding of the World; people and communities, the world and technology’. This is followed by Key Stage One exploring and investigating the local area and the United Kingdom and contrasting it with a non- European country. Building on from these skills the children start to learn about the wider area e.g. Manchester and different physical processes that effect the Earth. By the end of Year Six we have confident and well-rounded geographers who can use the skills they have learnt to read maps, investigate different countries and physical processes. Children who can present arguments and conclusions found in human geography, and who are aware and have opinions on in the moment, real life issues e.g. climate change. Year Six children will leave St Thomas’s as responsible citizens with a set of core values.
At St Thomas’s Geography is taught as part of a half termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. We ensure that geography has the same importance given to it as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. Through high quality planning and teaching our ultimate aim is to ensure as many children as possible achieve greater depth in their learning. This is completed through differentiation ensuring learners are supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. Outcomes are regularly reviewed to ensure that the reflect a sound understanding of the key identified knowledge and skills.
Our Geography Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. Outcomes in the children’s topic books evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrates the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge and skills. Children have opportunities and are encouraged to review their own successes at the end of each session as well as identifying their own target areas, with teacher support. Additionally, children use KWL grids to record what they have learned comparative to their starting points at the end of every topic. The impact and measure of this is to ensure that the children at St Thomas’s are equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage Three and for life as an adult in the wider world.