At St Patrick’s School the geography curriculum teaches an understanding of places and environments. Through their learning in geography, children will explore their local area and compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. Our intent is that the geography curriculum will enable the children to have first-hand experiences of the world, to learn how to draw and interpret maps, develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children will gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. Geography teaching also motivates children to find out about the physical world, the importance of sustainable development and promote key British Values.
Our Geography curriculum is designed so that each pupil:
- Achieves the best possible academic standards in Geography regardless of starting point or ability.
- Experiences and explores human and physical geographical features in a real-life context.
- Understands their role in the sustainability of the world and global citizenship.
- Develops an awareness of other cultures and, in so doing, achieves respect, tolerance and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multi-cultural country; embedding fundamental British values.
In Geography, we aim to provide an opportunity to develop interests and overcome barriers through our ‘Curriculum Drivers’. These drivers are used to underpin the direction and development of our curriculum and to ensure that Geography is enriched and personalised in order to meet the needs, interests and ambitions of our children and families. We want our children to be:
- Aware of their ‘community’, giving opportunities to understand how their community differs from others.
- Children will work together to share findings using oracy, literacy, mathematics and graph skills as ‘communication’ and subject-specific vocabulary.
- Avid learners and actively gain knowledge of the ‘wider world’ beyond their own community and how behaviour of all living organisms impacts on our world.
- Children will use their natural curiosity and engage in rich experiences that provide ‘possibilities’ to use their imagination, become increasingly ambitious, think critically and solve problems
St Patrick’s school is committed to meeting the requirements and attainment targets of the primary National Curriculum for Geography.
Our curriculum enables teachers to use a variety of teaching methods and learning styles within lessons. The curriculum is planned and taught taking into consideration the needs of all pupils based on their relative starting points. Geography teaching will be exciting and engaging with opportunities for children to participate in a range of real-life experiences such as tasting foods, visitors in school, workshops and visiting a contrasting location to broaden their geographical knowledge and understanding.
Children are provided with enquiry-based research learning opportunities and we encourage children to ask as well as answer geographical questions. We offer them the opportunity to use a variety of data, such as maps, statistics, graphs, pictures, and aerial photographs, and we enable them to use computing and technology to enhance their learning. Children take part in role-play and discussions, and they present reports to the rest of the class. They engage in a wide variety of problem-solving learning.
In the Foundation Stage we teach knowledge and understanding of the world as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year, focusing on People, Culture and Communities and The Natural World. Geography makes a significant contribution to the objectives of developing a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world through activities such as collecting postcards from different places, singing songs from around the world, or investigating what makes a ‘good’ playground.
At Key Stage 1 and 2 the geography curriculum enables children to achieve the objectives set out in our intent. To support children in reaching their full potential learning is linked cross curricular. To support the development of key English skills, children record key information, write reports and letters, take part in debates and present news broadcasts. In Geography children study mapping, space, scale and distance and they learn how to use grid references. They use graphs to explore, analyse and illustrate a variety of data and there are opportunities in Upper Key Stage 2 to investigate time zones and scales using degrees of longitude and latitude.
Our Children’s Curriculum
In Geography our children are entitled to a world class curriculum which enables them to;
- Undertake fieldwork and gain first-hand experience
- gain a knowledge and understanding of places in the world;
- develop an awareness of other cultures and, in so doing, achieves respect, tolerance and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multi-cultural country; embedding fundamental British values
- learn graphic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps;
- understand environmental problems at a local, regional and global level;
- be encouraged to think ethically about the sustainability of the world
- understand and appreciate global citizenships;
- develop skills of enquiry, problem solving, ICT, investigation and presentation.
- have access to a range of resources including maps, atlases, textbooks, educational software and interactive globes.
At St. Patrick’s Catholic School, through our curriculum we are enabling children to gain a broad and balanced understanding of the key geographical skills and knowledge of their local, regional and global environments. The curriculum supports children in developing their understanding of both the physical and human geography around the world.
The curriculum design and planning will lead to outstanding progress for all pupils, regardless of their starting points, over time. Learning is progressive and builds on prior knowledge and understanding and supports children in producing outcomes of the highest quality. Teaching and learning is adapted to cater for the needs of all pupils; providing support for children with special educational needs and enrichment and challenge for more able children.