Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the physical and human aspect of the world. At St Margaret’s at Troy Town, we encourage our children to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. 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, equipping them well for further education and beyond. Geography teaching at our school has a wide application to everyday life, teaching the children to enjoy learning about the world and to have a better understanding of how people live in different locations.
The aims of teaching geography in our school are:
- To inspire pupils’ curiosity to discover more about the world
- To enable children to know about the location of the world’s continents, countries, cities, seas and oceans.
- To develop in children the skills of interpreting a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
- To help children understand how the human and physical features of a place shapes it location and can change over time.
History is taught as a stand-along subject as either a ‘driving’ (the main subject driving the theme for the term) or an ‘enhancing’ (a secondary subject which compliments the theme for the term) subject 3 times a year. Teachers work closely with the curriculum lead to be given objectives carefully selected to be in line with the curriculum and to make sure that each year is getting the coverage they need. The curriculum lead gives each teacher their knowledge and skill based learning objectives and it is up to the teacher to plan engaging, exciting and inspiring lessons so all children can achieve them as well as differentiate for the different learning needs in the classroom.
The impact of the Geography curriculum is measured in a variety of ways: questioning during lesson time, marking children’s written work, listening to child-led discussion, interviewing pupils across the school about their learning, book trawls and using images/videos of children’s practical learning. All of this feeds into the spine of our assessment, our 'Pilgrim Progress' records where we review, teach and assess their learning with 'I know..' statements.
By end of the Geography curriculum, our children will:
- Have a growing knowledge of the world and their place in it.
- Have a wider vocabulary of geographical terms.
- Aspire to discover more about the world, through reading, travel or the media.
- Know that they can use their voice to express themselves and their opinions.
- Develop their geographical skills, such as, evaluation, creativity, problem solving and enquiry.
Geography has developed from a world of factual learning and is now a brilliant way of developing young children’s natural fascination for the world around them. At St Margaret’s at Troy Town School we hope to do what the National Curriculum states, to ‘inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives’. Geography also involves many transferable skills, such as research, observation, measurement, recording and presentation.
How can you help your child at home?
Click on the image below to direct you to a range of websites and activities to support your child with history at home (EYFS, KS1 and KS2).
WHAT HAVE WE BEEN LEARNING?
Click on the image below to direct you to what each year group has been doing in their geography lessons. Their amazing class displays and class trips are also here too!