Where possible we have drawn learning from our local area, and undertake studies based on the Cornish coast, local mining heritage as well our immediate village location. We use school location and outdoor area to build on the imperative skills of map reading as well as practising being geographers and making observations, asking questions about the world around us.
Our aim for the geography curriculum is to inspire children’s curiosity and interest to explore the world in which they live and the people they share it with.
We intend to equip children with geographical skills to develop their knowledge through studying places, people and natural as well as human environments.
Our teaching is focused on big issues identified through our topics and we endeavour to support each children understanding of the earth, human and physical forms and geographical processes in our studies and investigations.
In order to support pupils having a progressive curriculum, we balance the content of the curriculum and our rolling programme very carefully ensuring that aspects are revisited in each key stage to support developing an understanding of concepts, skills and knowledge.
Our lessons have a strong focus on vocabulary acquisition which ensures all children are able to talk about their learning using the correct terminology and appropriate language. Expected language use is progressive across each year group within topics, and planning allows for learning to be revisited within each key stage.
Work is collected within each child’s topic book. Teaching is planned to use high-quality learning resources that inspire and engage learners. Where possible we integrate digital platforms to support learning whilst developing digital literacy.
Children will have developed the geographical knowledge and skills to help them explore, navigate and understand the world around them and their place in it. Children’s knowledge and skills develop progressively as they move through the EYFS and through to Year 6. Our teaching will prepare all children to become competent geographers in the next stage of their academic careers.
As a small School, we carefully plan each aspect of the National Curriculum to ensure that it is covered by all children over their years within the school, we try to ensure that each Programme of Study is covered at least twice within each key stage, so skills and knowledge are revisited and built on overtime.
We have also mapped coverage of our curriculum big ideas to ensure coverage over time. These themes help us to link our learning across all subjects and to see connections.