At Seven Fields we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Our intent is that our teaching of Geography 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. Our teaching should equip children 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 children progress, their growing knowledge about the world should 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.The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Seven Fields Primary and also to their further education and beyond.
Geography is either taught in blocks throughout the year or embedded within the cross-curricular topics. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. At the beginning of each topic, children are able to convey what they know already as well as what they would like to find out. This informs the programme of study and also ensures that lessons are relevant and take account of children’s different starting points.
Links to History, Science and other subject areas are also explored. Planning is informed by and aligned with the national curriculum. In addition, staff have access to the Prospectus planning and other online resources, however, lesson design is not limited by this and is also informed by the need of the pupils. We intend for our children to learn about Geography in an active and creative way. We aim to regularly monitor outcomes to ensure that they reflect a sound understanding of the key identified knowledge.
As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context.Outcomes in topic and English books, aim to evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. Children record what they have learned comparative to their starting points at the end of every topic. Emphasis is placed on asking and answering geographical questions about the physical and human characteristics of a location. Through this study pupils learn to describe geographical similarities and differences between countries.