The 2014 National Curriculum aspires to provide the basis for a quality Geography education that inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them throughout their lives. It should equip 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, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
Geography at Caedmon
Geography at Caedmon is taught through topics during Spring term. Every year group will study a topic that extends across the whole of Spring term. The topics taught are linked to skills from the National Curriculum. Each term begins with a week dedicated to topic. This provides teachers the time to engage and enthuse children in their topic and find out what they already know and what they would like to find out so that they can use the National Curriculum skills and adapt it to the children’s needs and interests. Teachers will create a creative curriculum overview for topics and these will be sent home to parents at the start of each new topic. This enables parents to provide further opportunities if deemed appropriate and to have an understanding of what their child is learning about.
At Caedmon, we want children to explore and enjoy Geography through a range of activities and experiences. We aim to provide children with opportunities to develop their knowledge of the world they live in both locally and worldwide, develop an understanding of physical and human geography and develop their locational and place knowledge.
At Caedmon we created our own Geography policy which incorporates topics and objectives from the National Curriculum and allocates them to year groups to ensure a full coverage of topics and skills set out by the National Curriculum. We also use a Skills Passport for all non-core subjects which links to the national curriculum and sets out skills to be taught in KS1 and KS2. In Early Years, children are encouraged to explore Geography through their own life and family.
Part of the children's learning in this subject is how other cultures may be similar or different to our own. When looking at modern case studies based on other countries, children can gain a clear insight into how British Values might be similar (or sometimes different) to the values of citizens in other countries. Understanding that it is important that there should be some shared global values is particularly important when trying to understand, for example, more about the physical changes the Earth is undergoing: both in relation to scientists' ideas about global warming and the collective responsibility of the global community.
Geography is not considered a 'core subject' like Maths and Literacy. Children are taught skills from the National Curriculum and the Non-Core Skills Passport. Teachers will use questioning, observation and outcomes of work to assess these skills. Teachers use informal assessments to inform their planning and to plan next steps for children.
Subject Leader: Mrs. Clennell