At Springfield, our Geography Curriculum is designed to provide pupils with a deep understanding of place, space, the environment and an understanding of the world we live in.
Our intent is to inspire children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and people within it; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Our Geography Curriculum ensures that every child has a better understanding of our human and physical world. It enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas, and which can be used to make a positive contribution to the world through social and environmental action.
At Springfield, teachers maintain strong links to the National Curriculum KS2 guidelines to ensure all aspects, knowledge and skills of Geography are being taught across all year groups.
• Geography lessons are planned coherently, using the skills progressions, to build pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the world and the interaction between physical and human processes through quality first teaching. Teachers use a range of resources including Oddizzi and online mapping programmes.
• Pupils build geographical expertise from their local area to the wider world. This includes locational knowledge, understanding of human and physical features and geographical and fieldwork techniques.
• Opportunities to develop their skills and fieldwork using maps and atlases (both physical and digital) are provided for all pupils. Fieldwork allows pupils to apply geographical skills in a real-life setting and explore their local area and the features within it. Pupils develop clear subject knowledge and key skills,
deepened through questioning and explaining. Some pupils may receive additional support to scaffold their learning.
• Pupils are taught various geographical terms both in our local area and worldwide. Key vocabulary is taught explicitly and displayed on working walls.
• Geography assessment is ongoing and informs teachers with planning lesson activities and differentiation. Mini quizzes are used prior to teaching and at the end of the unit, which demonstrates what they have learnt. ‘Rewinds’ are used to check retention of long-term learning and review new concepts at the start of each lesson.
• All lessons are planned using skills progressions so that knowledge is taught across the year group; skills are progressed across the key stage with connections made to prior learning.
• Learning is supported through the use of knowledge organisers and the classroom working walls.
• Develop a deep and secure knowledge of the world around them.
• Understand key physical and human geographical features of the world.
• Be equipped with geographical skills needed to:
o Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes.
o Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs.
o Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through presentations, map work, debate and writing at length.
• Be ready for Key Stage 3 and life in the wider world.