At Watchlytes School we strive to ensure that our geography curriculum is accessible to all and will maximise the outcomes for every child. We have created an engaging geography curriculum which is sensitive to the children’s interests as well as ensuring all aspects of the geography national curriculum are covered. Our curriculum is carefully planned and structured to ensure current learning builds on prior knowledge and is mindful of the children’s next stage of learning.
The delivery of our curriculum will ensure children will:
- Increase and develop their geographical and fieldwork skills, local and place knowledge and understanding of human and physical geography.
- Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places.
- Develop children’s curiosity and a fascination of the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
- Develop children’s geographical vocabulary, map skills and geographical facts and provide opportunities for consolidation, challenge and variety to ensure interest and progress in the subject.
From our provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage to Year 6, we want to ensure that our curriculum is delivered to the highest possible standard with the greatest level of impact from the very beginning. In EYFS, the delivery of the prime and specific areas of learning build essential foundations for key geographical skills such as communication, attention and listening. Children in our Early Years spend much of their time outside and are supported to notice changes in their own environment as well as develop curiosity in the natural world through investigation.
In KS1, children begin to use maps and recognise physical and human features to do with the local area, building to using maps to explore the continents and oceans of the world in year 2. Further, in year 2, children will begin to compare where they live to places outside of Europe and ask and answer geographical questions. In KS2, map skills are developed further using digital maps, more keys and symbols and children begin to use more fieldwork skills. Through revisiting and consolidating skills, our lesson plans and resources help children build on prior knowledge alongside introducing new skills and challenge. All children expand on their skills in local knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography, geographical skills and fieldwork. Across both key stages, children have a range of opportunities to experience geography through practical engaging tasks beyond the classroom.