Roots to grow and wings to fly
Geography Intent Statement
Our intent, when teaching geography, is to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and people within it; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Our geography curriculum is underpinned by our school vision. We provide our pupils with the roots to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. This will enable the children to fly, inspiring them to enquire and develop answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Geography is an investigative subject and as such, our geography curriculum is linked to termly ‘big questions’ which building upon their understanding of concepts, geographical knowledge and skills. The local area is fully utilised to achieve desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practise. School trips and fieldwork are provided to give first-hand experiences, which enhance children’s understanding of and pride in their local area as well as the world beyond.
It is our aim that all children:
- Have an excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like;
- Have an excellent understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated;
- Have an extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary;
- Be fluent in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical and presentational techniques;
- Have the ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain findings;
- Be able to utilise fieldwork and other geographical skills and techniques;
- Have a passion for the subject, and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there;
- Have the ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in good knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and the environment;
- Are prepared for the next stage of their educational journey.
We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. This ensures that skills and knowledge is retained and built on year by year.
We prioritise the teaching of geographical vocabulary and children are given lots of opportunity to use the vocabulary in class discussions and in written work when answering the ‘big question’. We ensure the children have lots of exposure to geographical vocabulary, either through knowledge organisers, wall displays, personal vocabulary books or word lists.