As Geographers, pupils are taught to explore, understand and appreciate the world in which we live – in both a physical and a human sense – through a variety of stimulating learning opportunities, in which children are encouraged to develop, and respond to, geographical questions. Where possible, real-life experiences (walks, trips etc.), ICT (applications, videos etc.) and data (maps, statistics, graphs, photographs, diagrams etc.) are embedded within the geography curriculum to amplify the learning experiences that we provide. Discussion is another integral theme, as we believe that it provides dialogic spaces where the co-construction of new meaning can take place – this is the same logic that is behind the inclusion of group-based expeditions and problem-solving activities. All the way through school, we seek to provide a suitable and relevant level of content and challenge for each individual child, and so differentiation by outcome, task or support level is something that is fluid within the teaching and learning of geography here. Building on prior knowledge and previous learning experiences from one year to the next is a focus at the moment, as we hope that frequent and consistent exposure to exciting and thought-provoking geographical ideas will inspire pupils to be both curious about, and fascinated by, the world and its people.
Please see the geography progression and coverage documents for a more in-depth understanding of how we approach geography at Kingsway:
The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes.
understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
- collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes;
- interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS);
- communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.