Geography is a study of how the world works. It has the potential to capture the minds of children like no other subject. The National Curriculum (2014) states, “A high-quality geography education should 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 Vision for Geography at Greenbank Primary School
“A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world helps them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge provides the tools and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.” National Curriculum 2014
Geography is a foundation subject within the National Curriculum. The aims of teaching Geography at Greenbank Primary School are consistent with our School Mission Statement and take into account the requirements set by the current National Curriculum. All children are entitled access to the programmes of study at a level appropriate to the needs of the individual child and we aim to develop the whole person by giving our children opportunities to reach the full potential in Geography.
The national curriculum for Geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
• Geographical enquiry and skills.
• Knowledge and understanding of places.
• Knowledge and understanding of patterns and processes.
• Knowledge and understanding of environmental change and sustainable development.
Geography is taught at Greenbank Primary using a topic based approach. Skills and knowledge are taught and cross curricular opportunities are encouraged. We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our geography lessons. We believe in whole-class teaching methods and we combine these with enquiry-based research activities.
We encourage children to ask as well as answer geographical questions. We offer them the opportunity to use a variety of data, such as maps, statistics, graphs, pictures, and aerial photographs. We enable them to use ICT in geography lessons to access mapping software; interpret data in the form of graphs or tables and to research geographical environments where this serves to enhance their learning. Children will experience fieldwork in a geographical context across all key stages.
A dual curriculum approach following the school closure in March 2020 ensured that Geography continued to be delivered in a way which reflected the subject’s vision and approach to learning.