Geography within School
Geography is challenging, motivating, topical and fun. In our diverse society our children need, more than ever before, to understand other people and cultures. Geographical knowledge, concepts and skills are essential components of a broad and balanced curriculum. Geography makes a major contribution to children’s physical, intellectual, social and emotional development. In short, geography matters! At Barlow Church of England Primary School a high-quality geography education will inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching will equip our pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
We give children the opportunity to visit sites of geographical significance, take part in field studies, encourage visitors to come into the school and talk about their knowledge and experience of geographical interest and arrange workshop visits from outside specialists.
Planning and Coverage
Pupils in each Key Stage cover the aims and subject content as set out in the National Curriculum. Using a cross- curricular approach we plan using the Key Skills document for Geography focusing on the four Key Skills:
Investigate: Undertake investigations and enquiries, using various methods, media and sources.
Analyse: Compare, interpret and analyse different types of evidence from a range of sources.
Communicate: Present and communicate findings in a range of ways and develop arguments and explanations using appropriate specialist vocabulary and techniques.
Consider and respond: Consider, respond to and debate alternative viewpoints in order to take informed and responsible action.