Geography Learning Journey
Aims and Objectives
- To inspire children to be curious and fascinated about the natural and human aspects of the world and its people.
- To encourage children to be inquisitive, respectful and appreciative of our diverse planet and the views and cultures of the people that live here.
- To enable children to understand the importance of, and their role in, sustainable development and protection of our planet for future generations.
- To develop transferable skills of map-reading, research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving.
- To know about the Earth’s key physical and human process, how these are linked, what impact they have and how they change over time.
Children develop a geographical understanding through first learning about their local area and community, then about the United Kingdom and the rest of the world. This allows pupils to reflect on the similarities and differences between people and places studied. It also allows children to understand what is unique and special about our local area and community.
We use a variety of teaching methods and activities to deliver the geography curriculum and promote long-term learning and retrieval including: questioning, role-play, discussion, problem-solving, fieldwork, map work, research, visits, quizzes and information technology.
We utilise our local area for learning about human and physical aspects of geography as well as conducting our fieldwork, map work and investigation activities. Examples include: weather study, mapping the school grounds and the local area, conducting land use and traffic surveys in the town, local canal study, local river study, Stratford survey to compare to Warwick.
The Geography curriculum at Westgate follows the National Curriculum 2014. It is taught through cross-curricular topics (See Geography Curriculum Map Overview and Geography Long Term Plan) linking the children’s learning in Geography to other curriculum areas such as (but not limited to) literacy, maths, art and design and design technology. This enables pupils to become immersed in their learning and make links across subjects, transferring their skills and knowledge.
- Children learn through their topics and learning is linked to the Early Learning Goals for Understanding the World, particularly the strands of People and Communities, and The World.
- Learning in EYFS takes place through a mix of adult led and child initiated activities.
- High quality resources and utilising local opportunities and links supports learning in EYFS.
Key Stage 1 and 2
- Children are taught through three Geography based topics across the school year.
- Topics are chosen to support progression in knowledge and skills from one year to the next, building on what the children already know and can do.
- Topics are designed to engage and enthuse learners, link with other areas of the curriculum and ensure coverage of the national curriculum statements.
Resources (including visits)
Subject leaders work with teachers to ensure resources are available for teaching their topics.
- Reception - Space centre, farm, local walk, seaside visit
- Year 1 - Autumn walk, Warwick Castle, Mapping the local area
- Year 2 - Seaside visit, mapping the local area
- Year 3 - Canal study
- Year 4 - Mapping and fieldwork in the local area
- Year 5 - River study
- Year 6 - Stratford town visit, butterfly farm
Inclusion and Equal Opportunities
All learners will be given equal opportunities to access Geography. They will be supported or challenged through differentiation. As appropriate, planning will reflect the varying needs of all the children in the class. Where possible, the diverse society in which we live will be reflected in the teaching and learning of this subject.
Assessing, Recording and Monitoring
End of topic assessments are carried out by the class teacher and shared with the subject coordinator. The teacher uses a range of evidence to make their judgements which may include pupils’ work, contributions in lessons, quizzes and projects. Subject leaders carry out a range of monitoring activities as detailed in the Teaching and Learning Policy.
- Equipment is checked for signs of damaged and replaced as needed.
- All trips are risk assessed.
Date ratified by Performance and Standards Committee: June 2020
Next review date: June 2023 (every 3 years)
Learning and Teaching (for roles and responsibilities of teachers and subject leaders)