At Farcet C of E Primary School, we believe our geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Children investigate a range of places – both in Britain and abroad – to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes. We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Peterborough so that they can develop of real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special. We also developing the children’s ability to apply geographical skills to enable to confidently communicate their findings and geographical understanding.
Through high quality teaching, we develop the following essential characteristics of geographers:
- An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like, both in Britain and the wider world;
- A comprehensive understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected;
- An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary;
- Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to think critically;
- The ability to reach clear conclusions and explain their findings;
- Excellent fieldwork skills as well as other geographical aptitudes and techniques;
- The ability to make comparisons and express well-balanced opinions, using their knowledge and understanding about local and global geographical issues;
- A genuine interest in geography and a real sense of curiosity about the world and the people who live here.
As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of geography.
We aim to make sure the subject matter is broad and includes culturally and ethnically diverse topics. This is because our children need to understand that geography involves all sorts of people. They should also know how geography has shaped, and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. It is paramount that geography be purposeful and relevant to the children.
We value reading as a fundamental life skill and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We recognise that reading is essential for academic success and the key to accessing knowledge across the curriculum. Therefore reading is given high priority within geography.
Teachers plan the following based on a progression document and a long-term subject overview:
- A medium term plan which outlines the knowledge all children must master during the half term;
- A cycle of lessons for geography, which carefully plans for progression and depth.
- Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning;
- Key vocabulary;
- Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience.
- A means to display and celebrate the pupils’ work in their class or around school.
Our geography curriculum is high quality, well thought-out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
- A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school;
- Pupil discussions about their learning which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work.
At Farcet C of E Primary School we ensure that children are equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about geography, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.