The Geography curriculum at Burghfield St. Mary’s is designed as part of a broad and balanced education which meets the needs of all children. Topics are informed by the national curriculum, our whole school cross-curricular themes and a desire to capture the children’s interest. The Geography curriculum at Burghfield St Mary’s is planned and structured to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning. In line with the national curriculum 2014, the curriculum at Burghfield St Mary’s aims to: equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, we hope to develop their growing knowledge about the world in order to help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
The two year rolling Geography plan incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 through opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school. Where appropriate, links are made between the Geography taught and our cross-curricular whole school topics. Geography is taught in blocks, so that children achieve depth in their learning, with the majority of objectives covered in our in depth term on ‘Continents.’ Consideration has been given to ensure progression across the topic throughout each phase across the school.
Cross curricular outcomes in Geography are specifically planned for. Planning is informed by and aligned with the national curriculum. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be demonstrated within lessons, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. Outcomes of work are monitored through assessment at the end of each topic to ensure that they reflect a sound understanding of the key identified knowledge. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the EYFS Statutory framework education programme which aims for all children in Reception to have an Understanding of the World; people, cultures and communities, and the natural world by the end of the academic year.
Our curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high quality first wave teaching. In this way it can be seen to impact in a very positive way on children’s outcomes.
Outcomes in topic books, evidence learning against the geography curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge and skills. As children progress throughout the school, they develop a knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context of the U.K. and the world as a whole.