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Geography

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Introduction

At Redby Academy we strive to develop children’s love of Geography. 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 important place in it.

Intent

The Geography curriculum at Redby Academy enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas, as well as adult life, 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. The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Redby Academy and also to their further education and beyond. This is done by ensuring children learn about the world from local area outwards, as children must understand where it is that they live before they can understand similarities and differences between other places in the world, and the people that reside there.    

 

Cultural Capital

In Geography children will learn about their local area, specifically the landmarks and key features within it. They will also develop an understanding of how they can be a responsible member of their community as well as a global citizen.

They will also experience the following:

  • Field trips to learn about local environment e.g. coast, trades
  • Understanding similarities and differences with other cultures and communities
  • Using Digimaps to identify places in the world

 

 

Implementation

Geography at Redby Academy is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning and completely immerse in the Geography topic they are learning about.  Teachers use a whole school skills progression document which was devised to ensure both coverage and progression of skills as children move through primary school. Skills are regularly shared with the children, so they become increasingly aware of what it means to be a geographer. At the beginning of each topic, as well as regularly throughout various other lessons, children recap knowledge, particularly place and location awareness. Staff also use maps to embed this knowledge, from the earliest point in school. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught and the activities they will carry out, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. Cross curricular outcomes in geography are used, particularly the skills within place and location knowledge and the school grounds and local area is encouraged to be utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom.

 

 

Impact

Outcomes in Geography books and Class Journals evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. Differentiation is apparent and tailored tasks ensure children learn at a level appropriate to their development. Children show enthusiasm for Geography lessons and choose to spend time looking at resources such as maps and globes. As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, having an appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. Links with community groups provide opportunities for children to help in the local area, particularly focusing on eco-friendly awareness. As the children grow into adults, they will have a solid understanding of community responsibility and how they can help towards a positive global future.

 

 

EYFS

Early years explore cultural themes and the natural world through the Understanding of the World strand of the EYFS curriculum. This involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community, and understanding they may be different to others. Children will have access to maps and globes and will learn about weather and the seasons. They are assessed according to the Development Matters Attainment targets.

Children in EYFS learn in the following ways:

  • Stories and videos
  • Continuous provision (globes, maps and atlases)
  • Role play
  • Outdoor learning and visits
  • Circle time
  • Daily weather monitoring to embed seasonal change knowledge

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We aim to create a learning environment that is inclusive and accessible for all pupils. Lessons will be taught in a way that is educational, sensitive yet enjoyable and teachers will remain inclusive and meet the needs all children. This is achieved by creating a space that feels safe and will encourage all children to explore their emotions and ask questions through carefully and appropriately planned lessons.  

 

Additional Web Links

NSPCC
BBC PSHE
Natwest Money Wis

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