Geography

Intent

Through the teaching of Geography at West Woodburn First School we aim to:

  • Inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
  • 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.
  • Help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, including those in their local area, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
  • Provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth's features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

Implementation

At West Woodburn First school we teach a broad and balanced Geography curriculum through cross curricular topics. In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 these are taught on a four year cycle due to our mixed aged classes. Topics are taught over a whole term allowing for a greater depth of study.  Teachers work together to plan across the whole school to allow for development of skills and knowledge from one year group to another. Wherever possible links are made to other subjects and children are encouraged to transfer skills from one area to another. School trips and visitors are used to enhance the learning. The Geography curriculum is currently taught at the Otterburn Primary School site.

 In Early years Geography is taught as part of Understanding the world. Children are taught to make connections between their own and others' experiences and the world around them. Topics are taught over a half term and where possible activities are based around the children's interests and experiences.

 Impact

At West Woodburn First School we want children to love learning. Our Geography curriculum allows teachers to plan creative and exciting activities that makes learning relevant and memorable.

Progress is measured each term by ongoing teacher observation and questioning around the key skills and knowledge of the topic.  Children are encouraged to use knowledge gained from other curriculum areas in their work to help show their greater understanding.