At Summerseat Methodist Primary School, we pride ourselves on offering all of our pupils a safe, calm, happy and nurturing learning environment so children can learn effectively, enabling them to access the full breadth of our geography curriculum offer and ultimately reach their full potential. We have designed our geography curriculum to be sequential, logical and cumulative and meet the ambition of the National Curriculum. Key knowledge, facts, skills and concepts are identified through our ‘Steps in Learning’ and children have regular opportunities to revisit, recall and apply key knowledge and skills in order to deepen their understanding. We hold high aspirations for all our pupils and want them to grow into successful and responsible adults of the future with a rich ‘cultural capital’ formed through their experience of a high quality geography curriculum that has at its heart: key skills, knowledge arranged through concepts and broad and engaging experiences.
Geography develops pupils’ understanding of the world in which they live through the study of place, space and environment.
Whilst geography provides a basis for pupils to understand their role within the world, by exploring locality and how people fit into a global structure, the subject also encourages children to learn through experience, particularly through practical and fieldwork activities.
Our Summerseat Methodist Primary 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:
o collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
o interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
o communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.