“I have learned you are never too small to make a difference.” Greta Thunberg
At Redby Academy we strive to develop children’s love of Geography.
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
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.
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.
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
Curriculum Plans & Policies
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.
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