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‘Geography underpins a lifelong “conversation” about the earth as the home of humankind.’

Geography Association

 The study of geography involves pupils in exploring the relationship and interactions between people and the environments in which they live and upon which they depend.  Many of the pupils who now attend our school will live to see the next century and inhabit a world of 11 billion people.  The many opportunities and challenges that will arise during their lifetime will be very much about geography – personal, local, national and global. Our pupils will need to think like geographers. 

Geography helps to prepare our children for life in the 21st century with all of its currently unknown possibilities. 

 

How do we do this at Walesby C of E Primary School?

 

At Walesby C of E Primary School, we are committed to helping children understand and investigate the complex and dynamic world around them. We encourage pupils to learn through big question led enquiries about topics, places and themes which focuses on real people, places and geographical issues.

Whilst learning subject information is important, we ensure that there is a balance between this and the development of important subject skills as children progress from EYFS – Y6

 

What are our outcomes?

 

Here at Walesby, we love to celebrate our children’s learning in Geography. We do this through whole school initiatives including;

 

  • World Around Walesby – in our school hall, we celebrate our Geography learning on our world, country and county map. Children share their understanding and questions of the world around them from Hot Geography topics and learning outside of the classroom.

 

  • Hot Geography topic highlights – each class gives a brief overview of their Geography learning and marks it on our ‘World around Walesby’ display map in the school in the hall.

 

  • Walesby Wanderers – Throughout Foundation Stage 2, children are encouraged to take a ‘Walesby Wanderer’ teddy bear when they go exploring outside of Walesby Village. Photos and facts of the place visited, are shared either in class or during talk time. 

 

Walesby C of E Primary School

 

Geography Curriculum

“The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.”

 

–President Barack Obama

Intent

Implementation

Impact

At Walesby C of E Primary School, we are committed to helping children understand and investigate the complex and dynamic world around them. We encourage pupils to learn through big question led enquiries about topics, places and themes which focuses on real people, places and geographical issues.

 

Whilst topic specific information and vocabulary is important, we ensure that there is a balance between this and the development of important subject skills as children progress from EYFS – Y6.

 

Our framework ensures these skills progress from basic skills in EYFS; recognising, observing and classifying, through to specialised skills in UKS2; making reasoned judgments and evaluating evidence.

 

We aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Our geography curriculum enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

 

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in geography, children have the opportunity to develop in practice their Geography specific skills and vocabulary. Our 3 year cycle curriculum has been carefully planned to ensure that all children cultivate new skills while revisiting and building upon prior knowledge in their Geography learning Journey.

 

We encourage our children to become enthusiastic geographers, enquiring about their wider world through a variety of inclusive reading. Geography linked and specific books are readily available as class reading, to bridge gaps in learning, and as texts for individuals to grow their understanding of the world around them.

 

Educational visits are another opportunity geography learning outside the classroom. Children loving bringing their enthusiasm for Geography out into the world around them.

 

Our Global Citizens engage in national / local celebrations of geography, including Get Set Tokyo 2021, UNICEF Paddington Bear and charity events such as Red Nose Day.

 

Our children are a part of our community and we are a part of the world community.

 

Our teaching is inspired by leading practitioners in Geography. As members of the Geographical Association, and

Becoming Geographers – we enrich children’s learning through a variety of topics covering a progressing range of skills. Through enquiry, our children grow their love of Geography, the world around them and their responsibility to think critically as Global Citizens.

 

Sticky knowledge – as our children engage in knowledge, vocabulary and skills rich learning, we ensure they retain this throughout their primary Geography career through ‘Sticky Knowledge’. This prepares children to approach the next progression in skills with confidence and curiosity.

 

Learning Journey – we record our learning journeys in our Geography books. We celebrate Geography within school through whole school initiatives including;

  • World Around Walesby – in our school hall, we celebrate our Geography learning on our world, country and county map. Children share their understanding and questions of the world around them from Hot Geography topics and learning outside of the classroom.
  • Hot Geography topic highlights – each class gives a brief overview of their Geography learning and marks it on our ‘World around Walesby’ display map in the school in the hall.
  • Walesby Wanderers – Throughout Foundation Stage 2, children are encouraged to take a ‘Walesby Wanderer’ teddy bear when they go exploring outside of Walesby Village. Photos and facts of the place visited, are shared either in class or during talk time.

 

Reflective Practice for Critical Thinkers – our geographers are encouraged to regularly reflect on their own learning through the use of topic front covers. They then receive constructive feedback from Class Teachers in order to develop critical thinking with intended outcomes.

 

When our young Geographers leave Walesby C of E Primary School, they will be ambitious learners, applying skills and enquiry techniques to become Global Citizens of the modern world.

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