At Badbury Park Primary School we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it.
The curriculum and skills coverage enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other areas of the curriculum, and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge, and skills.
Teaching equips pupils 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 pupils progress through the school, their growing knowledge about the world helps 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 and skills are progressive and are sequenced to provide the framework and approaches that provide explanation of how the Earth’s features have changed over time.
We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Geography is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each blocked topic, and these are mapped across the school, ensuring that knowledge builds progressively and that children develop skills systematically.
Knowledge organisers set out the leaning for each unit. Low stakes quizzes are used regularly to test learners’ ability to retain key facts and skills. Tasks are selected and designed to provide appropriate challenge to all learners, in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.
At Badbury Park we highly regard the of benefits of learning outdoors and the impact this has on children and their learning. The local area is fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice.
Outcomes in topic, evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge relating to each of the identified national curriculum strands, as appropriate to key stage, locational knowledge, place knowledge and human and physical geography. This is in addition to the development and application of key skills, supported by fieldwork.
As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding an appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context.
Geography closely links to our forest school curriculum, and we believe that every child should have regular, long-term access to a woodland or natural environment which provides them with inspirational and challenging outdoor learning opportunities.
The impact of this Geography curriculum closely fits with our 4 B’s: Be curious, Be adventurous, Be ambitious and Be kind.