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Geography

Intent

At Walwayne Court, we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. Our geography curriculum enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. The curriculum is designed develop knowledge and skills that they can use throughout their time here and also into their further education and beyond.

Implementation

Geography at Walwayne is taught in blocks throughout the year, and across a 2 year rolling curriculum (Year A and B) so that children can achieve depth in their learning, whilst taking into account our mixed aged classes. As a school, we have access to the Connected Geography scheme of learning to assist us in our planning, which is fully utilised in UKS2.   Our teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each blocked topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. At the beginning of each topic, children are able to convey what they know already as well as what they would like to find out. This informs the programme of study and also ensures that lessons are relevant and take account of children’s different starting points. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported.
Cross curricular outcomes in geography are specifically planned for. Fieldwork within the local area is fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in our practice.

Impact

Our topic folders evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider world. When children are asked, they are excited about Geography and the learning they do within the subject. Teachers are clear on where their children are and where they need to go next.

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