Geography is an integral part of our curriculum at Bradley Barton Primary School and we aim to inspire pupils’ curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We want pupils to have a developing understanding of where England and the UK fits into Europe and the wider world and how our local area fits into this. Geography is taught through our vehicles where this is possible and discretely where it is not. Lessons will equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people and environment. Pupils should enjoy learning about different global communities and their relationships between these people and their landscapes. Through our curriculum, we want pupils to develop an awareness of the wider world and their place within it, encourage them to take an active role in the community and work with others to make our planet more peaceful, sustainable and fairer.
In Geography, we implement an inclusive curriculum that meets the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum, incorporating the four main areas of learning at each key stage: place, location, human and physical geography, and geographical skills and fieldwork.
Our curriculum makes cross-curricular links where possible, particularly to history. It is taught predominantly through vehicles and where a year group cannot meet an aspect of the geography curriculum in this way, it will be taught discretely.
Retrieval of geography knowledge is achieved through retrieval activities before, during and after units of work.
Enrichment opportunities, including outdoor learning and Geography field trips (other than during the pandemic), provide our children with rich experiences and enhance teaching, learning and knowledge.
Children have key locational knowledge which allows them to understand their locality within the wider locations of UK, Europe and the world. They can retrieve much of the place information they have learned previously. They know many key geographical concepts (such as deforestation and sustainability). They understand many aspects of the relationship between humans and their environment. They know how to use some atlases and also Google Earth (and similar mapping technology) to locate places.
The Nation Curriculum 2014 states:
" As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth's features at different scales are shapes, interconnected and change over time.
Children’s Views of their Learning
Two children from Year 3/4 talked about the learning that might take place in a Geography lesson. They said they might learn about; landmarks, maps, complete art work, learn about roads and find out about traditions in different countries.
In our communal areas Geography is promoted on our Bradley Barton Around the World display board. Children are encouraged to engage with this by finding locations and co-ordinates on a map as well as using globes and atlases.