Geography at GEMS

Geography Leads

Mr Nuttall & Mrs Howarth

Curriculum intent

At GEMS, we want our children to be confident Geographers. As well as developing their confidence and general knowledge, we encourage the learning of geographical skills so that they aspire to be conservationists, town planners, weather forecasters, cartographers and a range of other professions. Our aim is to provide a purposeful platform to enable our children to explore, appreciate and understand the world in which we live and how it has evolved over the years. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We aim to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We aim to promote the children’s’ interest in, and understanding of, diverse places, people and resources. We aim to show that an understanding of our natural and human environments together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes are the main facets of a successful geography curriculum. box.

Implementation

 

  • At Godfrey Ermen, Geography is taught every term in blocks. This is to allow children to develop their knowledge and skills in depth, to retain information and create lasting, meaningful learning about our world.
  • Our Geography curriculum has been designed so that the children gain a good knowledge of their local area local area, before learning more about the UK and the rest of the world.
  • At the start of each topic, children will review previous learning and will have the opportunity to share what they already know about a current topic.
  • Effective modelling by teachers ensures that children are able to achieve their learning intention, with misconceptions addressed throughout.
  • Through using a range of assessment tools, differentiation is facilitated by teachers, to ensure that each pupil can access the Geography curriculum and be the best geographer they can be.
  • We effectively use educational visits within our curriculum to enrich and enhance the pupil’s learning experiences within the Geography curriculum.

Impact

Our Geography curriculum is well thought out in order for children to develop their practical and geographical skills. We provide opportunities for children to explore the outdoor learning environments, both within the school grounds and local community.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Carrying out learning walks and professional dialogue with teachers.
  • Interviewing pupils about their learning (pupil voice)on a termly basis and acting upon the results of these surveys
  • We have developed a clear progression map using locational knowledge and geographical skills to ensure smooth transitions and the accurate teaching of every section of the Geography curriculum throughout school.
  • Accessing children’s understanding of topic linked vocabulary before and after the knowledge and skills have been taught
  • Our children will be confident geographers and be able to clearly discuss their learning from past and current topics, as well as explain their next steps  

1. Locational & Place Knowledge

2. Human & Physical Geography

3. Geographical Skills & Fieldwork

Whole school Geography Curriculum

Geography Overview (2).pdf
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Curriculum Progression Map 2022/23

Progression map 2022-23 Geography.pdf
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