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Geography

At Stanburn we follow the Geography National Curriculum which explains the purpose of study as:


“A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. 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 frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.”


The Geography National Curriculum subject content is then split into four main categories: locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork. We have devised a geography overview for our school to ensure all four categories are taught each academic year.

At Stanburn Primary School it is our intent to:

• Deliver a geography curriculum of the highest quality with all teachers having strong subject knowledge to enable the pupils to become knowledgeable geographers;
• Know the importance of learning about the locality, protecting it, and knowing how these actions can have a wider/global impact;
• Enable a ‘Stanburn Geographer’ to have a good understanding of global issues that have impact overall on the increasingly interconnected world and take part in special days such as Global Citizen Day to highlight these issues;
• Cover a broad range of topics providing challenge for all children from Reception to Year 6 which encourage children to make links with topics currently being taught and previous units as well as applying, and widening, their existing general knowledge;
• Provide technical vocabulary that the children understand and can use in context;
• Ensure children have a firm understanding of geography vocabulary which allows them to speak fluently about a topic and be able to give concise and technically accurate answers to questions;
• Help children understand their place in the world and the positive and negative effects our actions can have on nature and natural resources;
• Provide opportunities for children to develop and use a wide range of geographical skills by giving them as many opportunities as possible to have ‘real life’ experiences through fieldwork both within the school environment and external visits. This starts when children join in Reception and go for walks around the school and its grounds to become familiar with the setting. These early skills are built on consistently throughout their time is Stanburn and include residential trips in Years 5 and 6. Children who remain in school at this time have access to learning activities within the local community which match those experiences on the residential visits.


Implementation

At Stanburn Primary School the implementation of geography lessons is carefully considered so that children can use and apply their geographical knowledge in a range of contexts. Topics will general start by posing a Big Question such as ‘Would you Rather Live in The North or South?’ Children take an active role in all lessons and demonstrate a progression of skills and knowledge being built. The lessons use geographically specific vocabulary and are differentiated so that all children can access the learning taking place. Teachers build in time to revise previous concepts taught allowing information to become embedded into long term memory.

Impact

Children will experience a comprehensive geography curriculum which allows them to become ‘master geographers’ and develop a deep understanding and passion for the subject including becoming invested in global issues e.g. sustainability. They will have a good foundation of knowledge and skills ready for when they leave Stanburn Primary School to continue their educational journey into high school and beyond.