"The study of Geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It is about understanding the complexities of our world, appreciating diversity of cultures that exist across continents. And in the end, its about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together." Barrack Obama
Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting to change. It's dynamic and relevant. For me, Geography is a great adventure with a living purpose." Michael Palin
At St. Francis de Sales, we will provide high quality Geography teaching that inspires in pupils a curiosity, and a fascination about the world around them and its people, that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Our Geography curriculum will stimulate an awe and wonder of people and place. We will strive to equip children with the knowledge about diverse places, people, resources, natural and human environments together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key human and physical processes. As our children will progress, their growing knowledge about the world around them should help to deepen their understanding of an interaction between physical and human processes, the formation of landscapes and environments. This geographical knowledge, understanding and skill will provide the framework with which to explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
We aim to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places, both land and sea – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the action of processes involved with these features;
- Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, their interdependency and how they bring about spatial change and variation over time;
- Are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
(i) Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes;
(ii) Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS);
(iii) Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
Geography is a thriving subject in our school. Our teaching and learning instill a sense of awe and wonder of the world and enables our pupils to become life-long learners and citizens of this planet, with a responsibility to care and protect this amazing gift.
Teachers become a catalyst and role model through their appreciation and enthusiasm for the subject, sparking the children’s love of learning. Our ‘Challenge Without Limits’ approach builds on this and enables pupils to go beyond what they thought was possible and access higher levels of learning and understanding.
We stimulate pupils' minds by asking challenging questions and which require the children to use and apply their knowledge to demonstrate a deep understanding of the issues and topics. Teachers draw on their own experiences of the world, culture and travel to bring the subject alive and real to them in this age of virtual reality.
From Y3 to Y6 pupils revisit previous learning and are encouraged to make connections across subjects and year groups in order to deepen their knowledge and understanding. This is implicit in our planning and evident through the challenging questioning. Our fantastic Mastermind quiz is used to great effect in Geography, when children regularly practise their prior learning. Children can be awarded a beautiful badge if they achieve 100 per cent in the quiz. Their effort and achievement are celebrated during our assmeblies. Furthermore, fantastic enriching experiences at Windermere, River Bollin, Delamere Forest, PGL and European trips help pupils apply classroom learning in real contexts and are a great opportunity for children to talk about what they have learned.
To improve the quality of our teaching and learning, we measure and assess the impact of our intent and implementation to help us refine and adapt our planning. This cycle of monitoring carried out by the Subject Lead with the support of Senior Leaders, ensures our Assessment Policy is followed consistently and is characterised by:
- We monitor books termly to ensure quality and consistency throughout the year groups.
- Observations take place yearly to ensure our school’s Formative Assessment Policy is being adhered to and how the use of questioning is used during the lesson to challenge children’s knowledge: any misconceptions can be addressed.
- Summative tests at the start of the topic and at the end of each academic year provide a measure of progress and enable some diagnostic analysis which informs our planning.
- We often enjoy listening to the children give their feedback during our pupil voice sessions and yearly pupil surveys: we are able to gauge their depth of knowledge and understanding and enjoyment of the topics taught within the year.
- An open door policy with staff ensures that an open and frank dialogue exists to discuss any issues with the planning, teaching and learning.
- We also provide the opportunity for teacher voice with our yearly staff surveys: this transformational approach ensures the highest quality teaching within our school.
This presentation shows the standards of work and progress from Year 3 to Year 6 via two of our identified Golden Threads of Locational Knowledge and Human and Physical Geography.