Geography

''So many of the world's current issues – at a global scale and locally - boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them.”

Michael Palin

Through the study of geography, our pupils should be inspired to be curious and fascinated about the world and its people around them. They should be equipped 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. This geographical knowledge, understanding and skills will provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

We aim for our learners to:  

  • 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;  
  • be 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.

  • Geography is taught using the threshold concepts, which build progressively to deepen knowledge, understanding and build schemas
  • These lessons are personalised and relevant to the needs of the learners. 
  • Teachers are able to seek advice and guidance from Year Group and Subject Leaders.
  • Geography should be taught throughout the school year, spaced with History. This is because we believe this is the best way to retrieve knowledge, space learning and support the change in the long term memory.
  • Geography should be mapped in accordance with the National Curriculum requirements, to ensure sufficient breadth of study. 

Threshold Concepts: 

Investigate Places

  • This concept involves understanding the geographical location and diversity of places and their physical and human features. 

Investigate Patterns

  • This concept involves understanding the relationships between the physical processes of places and the human processes within them.

Communicate Geographically

  • This concept involves understanding geographical representations, vocabulary and techniques.

At Bridgewater Primary School, the impact for the learners in Geography will be that pupil voice will evidence confident learners who are able to discuss what they have learnt in geography, making connections and using subject specific vocabulary. As the curriculum is spaced, ambitious and builds on the threshold concepts, the ‘big ideas’ that shape the learners’ thinking over time are embedded in the long term memory. As  each concept is taught within a breadth of different contexts,  it gains meaning and contributes to the development of schemas of knowledge. Then our children are able to think critically about the subject and recall their learning over time.

Pupil voice also demonstrates that pupils are enthusiastic, curious and fascinated about geography and understand how it helps them make sense of the world around them.  Pupils work demonstrates that geography is taught at an age appropriate standard across each year group, with opportunities planned in for pupils showing a swift understanding or working at greater depth. Work is of high quality and demonstrates pupils are acquiring knowledge, skills and vocabulary in an appropriate sequence and with an understanding of the interdisciplinary links. 

Bridgewater Primary School's Rationale

We aim to provide children with an exciting, ambitious, broad and balanced curriculum that will instil a love of learning for life. Our approach enables all children to become lifelong learners by developing transferable skills to equip them to become successful citizens. We are an inclusive learning community, in which everyone is valued as an individual and supported to progress. We have high expectations for all our learners and seek to engage them with high quality teaching and engaging content.  

Our curriculum aims to support our children to understand and make links in their learning, deepen their understanding, knowledge and skills and encourage their passions and enthusiasm for the subjects that we teach. We teach each subject discretely but make interdisciplinary links, where these are meaningful and appropriate. 

We endeavour to provide all children with an environment in which they can thrive, develop curiosity and independent learning behaviours, which enables them to actively participate and learn study skills now and for their future. We encourage them to have high expectations of themselves through questioning, discussion and through the learning evident in their books. We aim for every child to make good progress using these principles.

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