At Brackenbury, our Geography curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils develop contextual knowledge of the location of significant places, including physical and human characteristics and understand the human and physical features of the world and change over time.
Geography enables children to develop an understanding of the world around them. Children are encouraged to ask questions about their local area as well as the world around them.
In EYFS, geography is covered through Knowledge and Understanding the World. Finding out about the world around them is what children do effectively through hands on experiences. This is delivered through continuous provision daily.
In Key Stage 1 and 2 units are planned and delivered every term and are based on the National Curriculum Programme of Study.
We also aim to make sure that all children are competent in the following geographical skills:
- Collecting, analysing and communicating data
- Interpret and use a range of geographical resources
- Communicating information in a variety of ways
Alongside our rich curriculum, children are given the chance to develop their geographical skills and take part in experiential and practical learning activities and workshops throughout the year.
Geography Implementation and Impact
Geography at Brackenbury is taught in progressive termly themes throughout each Key Stage (As set out in the Brackenbury Geography subject progression of skills and knowledge document.) This insures children achieve depth in their learning. Teachers identify the key geographical knowledge and skills of each theme and consideration is given to ensure both consolidation and progression from previous learning throughout each year group across the school.
We implement a curriculum that meets the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum, incorporating the four main areas of learning at each key stage:
- Place Knowledge
- Location Knowledge
- Human, Physical and Environmental Geography
- Geographical Skills and Fieldwork.
At the beginning of each theme, children are able to convey what they already know as well as what they would like to find out. This informs the programme of study and also ensures that lessons are relevant, challenging and take account of children’s different starting points. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. The local area is fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice.
Outcomes in Geography books, class displays and cross curricular work evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. Children review their successes in achieving the lesson objectives throughout the sequence of lessons. Children are also encouraged to reflect on what they have learned comparative to their starting points at the end of every theme.
As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding an appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. School trips and local walks provide further relevant and contextual learning.
Student voice consistently reflect high levels of pupil enjoyment and engagement in geography, they also evidence an increasing depth in both knowledge and understanding in human, physical and environmental geography.
At Brackenbury, our children gain a strong sense of place and understand how they are connected to people and places around the world. They also understand, as responsible citizens, how they need to care and preserve the planet for future generations.
Progression of skills and knowledge
Geography National Curriculum
If you would like to know more, please visit Geography National Curriculum