Geography Intent Statement
The geography curriculum is designed to develop a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Children will 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 Slimbridge and the River Severn, so that they can develop of real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special. We also develop the children’s ability to apply geographical skills to enable them to confidently communicate their findings and geographical understanding to a range of audiences.
The National Curriculum for Geography aims to ensure that all pupils;
- to develop a contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both land and sea – including their physical and human characteristics and how these factors impact on each place.
- Understand the process that have occurred to influence and change both the human and physical world, making the world the way it is today, and how these processes can be linked and dependent on each other to bring about change.
- Collect, analyse and communicate a range of data gathered from the environment and use their understanding of the world to deepen their understanding
- Interpret a range of geographical sources of information – maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photos
- Communicate information in appropriate ways – maps, diagrams, reports
At Slimbridge Primary School the intention is to provide children with a Geography education that gives them the skills necessary to interpret our rapidly changing world. Children will have the opportunity to understand how the world has developed naturally and through human influence and how these influences continue to impact on the world.
Geography Implementation Statement
The Geography curriculum ensures children have access to key knowledge, language and skills to understand their world and to use these skills across the curriculum. In Geography children are asked develop both skills and knowledge to think critically, understand change, and apply this to understand the impact of nature and humans on the world. The skills and knowledge for each year group will be repeated throughout the year to embed learning.
Strong links are made between Geography and other subjects within a topic, particularly Maths and Literacy.
The curriculum will focus on developing the children’s knowledge of the world, including our local area. There will be an emphasis on vocabulary development and first-hand experience. Sequences of work will cover;
- Continents, oceans
- Countries of the UK, capital cities and counties
- Countries of the world and capital cities
- Hemispheres, Poles, longitude and latitude, Tropics and time zones
- Recognising similarities and differences when comparing places and countries or continents
Human and Physical Geography
- Seasonal changes and weather patterns
- Recognising the different climate zones expected in different parts of the world – including in specific places e.g. mountains
- Describe land use, economic activity and natural resources
Geographical skills and fieldwork
- Use maps, atlases, globes, aerial photographs
- Use compass directions
- Observe, measure and record human and physical features
Whilst at Slimbridge Primary School, children will have the opportunity to developed their geographical knowledge and skills to help them explore, navigate and understand the world around them and their place in it. Children’s knowledge and skills will develop progressively as they move through the school, with knowledge and skills repeated to embed and develop learning.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through; reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes; pupil discussions about their learning, which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work. Children will develop skills and knowledge that will prepare them to become competent geographers in secondary education but, we hope, will also equip them to understand and take care of our world.