Curriculum Intent Statement 2021/22
Through our topic based curriculum, our pupils will develop a curiosity and fascination about the world we live in and its people. Our carefully planned learning journey from Early Years through to Year 6 will equip our 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. Through thought provoking core questions, the children’s 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. By drawing on local, national and international contexts our pupils will understand how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
We deliver the aims and programmes of study within the National Curriculum through cross curricular topics linked to People, within Places acting within significant Events. These topics are designed to not only build on the children’s understanding year on year but seek to consolidate and extend the knowledge and skill sets which the children can then use to support their future independent learning. The use of the geographical association – Geographical Association – For Geography Teachers enhances the teaching and learning of our topics and where new learning/ knowledge may be currently beyond the children’s sphere of experience, we will seek to provide living experiences, either by inviting visitors into school or taking the children beyond the school gates. The children’s learning and understanding of geographical concepts are further supported through the use of a maps (including digi-maps), and the application of Thinking Maps (Kestrel International) and Thinking Hats (de Bono). Using these tools our pupils have a shared means of communication and sense of inclusion whilst demonstrating their understanding of locational and place knowledge and human and physical geography. This is also intended to support the development of new language and vocabulary.
Examples of maps in use.
Our children are competent in the geographical skills needed to: collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes. They will communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing for multiple purposes and audiences. They will care about the world they live in and want to make a difference as global citizens.