At Fenstanton Primary School, we believe that all children should be provided with a curriculum that teaches and helps them to discover and develop their varied gifts and talents. In geography, these gifts and talents will be nurtured so the children will have the skills and knowledge to understand their world locally, in the U.K and globally. Geography is an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. Within this, we seek 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. As our curriculum is thematic in design, we aim to support our children to transfer their developing knowledge and skills as inspiring geographers to a range of rich learning contexts.
Geography is taught through projects. The geography projects are sequenced to provide a coherent subject scheme that develops children’s geographical knowledge, skills and subject disciplines. Geographical locations are not specified in the national curriculum, so they have been chosen to provide a broad and diverse understanding of the world.
Where there are opportunities for making meaningful connections with other projects, geography projects are sequenced accordingly. For example, children revisit the geography of settlements in the history project ‘School Days’ after studying types of settlements in the geography project ‘Bright Lights, Big City’. All Geography projects are taught in the Autumn and Spring terms, with opportunities for schools to revisit less secure concepts in the summer term.to revisit key learning in the Summer term.
The impact of our Geography Curriculum is measured through a range of outputs:
End of key stage data (in line with National for the last 3 years)
Formative, summative subject data which is produced from assessments as well as on-going teacher judgements
Book looks & Learning walks
Pupils Voice - Pupil Conferencing and Lesson Visits
Parent Voice - Working with parents/carers to gather a holistic view of the child both in and outside of school