September 22, 2019

Geography

CO-ORDINATOR: MRS J WILLIAMS

Intent:

At St Joseph’s, it is our intention to provide pupils with a progressive and sequential Scheme of Work which has been written by the subject leader to meet the needs of all pupils.

Through the teaching of Geography, it is our intent to develop individual’s cultural capital by delving into 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 Britain 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 of Aldershot, understanding where it is located in the UK and wider world, so that they can develop a real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special.

At St Joseph’s we use a range of pedagogical practices in the teaching of Geography to ensure that we are successful with our intent. Geography is taught in context through a variety of individual, group and whole class activities. Active participation is encouraged through questioning and answering and investigating both primary and secondary resources, giving children memorable experiences, whilst ensuring that key knowledge is transferred to children’s long-term memory.

Implement:

St Joseph’s aims to implement and develop the following essential characteristics of geographers:

· A knowledge of where places are and what they are like, both in Britain and the wider world;

· A comprehensive understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected;

· As with all subjects, reading is imperative and emphasis is put on developing pupils’ fluency of age appropriate geographical terms. The ability to use appropriate and accurate geographical vocabulary, develops and evolves from EY to KS1 and through to KS2.

· The skills to use and interpret a wide range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs.

· The understanding and ability to describe physical geography such as seasonal and daily weather patterns, climate zones, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earth quakes and the water cycle.

· The understanding and ability to describe human geography such as types of settlement and land use, economic activity and the distribution of natural resources.

· Curriculum enrichment – providing links with other subjects and geography.

Every year group has access to a range of resources including World, European and/or UK maps, globes, pictures and aerial photographs and digimaps, which enables a fun and interactive way of learning for each and every pupil at St Joseph’s.

Impact:

St Joseph’s strives to ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Geography. Geography is taught as part of a half-termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum and objectives taken from the SOW. Teaching is carefully planned to demonstrate progression. Teachers measure the impact of our curriculum through formative assessment of each child throughout and at the end of each topic.

Geography is monitored by the subject leader and phase leaders in all year groups after each topic, through work scrutiny, review of assessment, pupil interviews and lesson observation to discuss learning and look at the impact. This is reported to the Headteacher and appropriate changes made.

Updated September 2019