Geography

Our Vision: In the light of Christ, we will learn  to be the difference in our world.

Statement of intent for Geography at St. George’s

‘A high quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.’

DfE (2013)

Intent – Why do we teach geography?

At St. George’s we view geography as a key component of our curriculum. We want our pupils as geographers to understand the world in which they live, it’s people, places and environments, and the interactions between them. We want them to understand how and why places are changing and to imagine, predict and work towards the best outcomes for the planet on which we live.

Implementation- what do we teach?

At St. George’s we view geography as an enquiry based subject.

Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all pupils, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all pupils. It is important that pupils develop the skills of a geographer by fully immersing them in all areas of the subject. Knowledge organisers for each topic are used to support the children with knowing more and remembering more. The local area is utilised to achieve desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practise. School trips and fieldwork are provided to give first hand experiences, which enhance pupils’ understanding of the world beyond their locality.

We use Prospect Us curriculum as a resource and specific terms are designated for a geography based topic. We believe that topic based teaching enables pupils to have the opportunity to make meaningful links across the curriculum. In addition, to support teaching and learning, we use other resources including the Royal Geographical Society and Oddizzi.

Impact- What will this look like?

By the time pupils leave St. George’s  school they will:

  • Have an excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like.
  • Have an excellent understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated.
  • Have an extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
  • Be fluent in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical and presentational techniques.
  • Have the ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain findings.
  • Have significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity as shown in interpretations and representations of the subject matter.
  • Be highly developed and frequently utilised fieldwork and other geographical skills and techniques.
  • Have a passion for and commitment to the subject, and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there.
  • Have the ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and the environment.

Primary National Curriculum
Geography Curriculum Progression map place knowledge
Geography Progression map locational knowledge
Curriculum road map Human and Physical Geography
Curriculum road map mapping skills
Curriculum progression map geography field work skills
Curriculum progression map enquiry skills