"I wish the world was twice as big and half of it was still unexplored"
Subject Leader: Mrs Brown
Subject Governor: Pat McKenzie-Elliot
Aims in teaching geography at Pinders Primary School:
How is the content / theme chosen?
Whenever possible, we teach through a themed approach, to enable children to embed learning and make connections which leads to a greater depth of understanding within the subject. Key themes have been chosen to make effective links within topics, across year groups and ensuring they build upon prior learning. The content is ambitious and reflects expectations in the National Curriculum programmes of study and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, which engage and inspire our children.
Our Geography Statutory National Curriculum Programme - by the end of primary school.
How the subject is taught?
At Pinders Primary School a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum is in place. A two year, long term rolling programme maps out the coverage of the discrete teaching and learning opportunities for children to use and explore different Geography themes and develop their geographical skills. At our school, we follow the Geography Programme of Study and have tailored it to meet the needs of our school and community context.
How do we ensure progression of knowledge and skills?
At Pinders Primary School we have a comprehensive knowledge and skills progression document in place for the teaching of Geography. This is used for planning, to ensure a sequenced and appropriate content for specific year groups, as well as a build up of knowledge and skills.
Within these documents there are also opportunities for differentiation, in order to meet the needs of all learners.
Becoming an Geographer
When children are learning about a subject through a discrete teaching session, they are explicitly told that today they are going to be 'Geographers'. They are then reminded of the key skills that they will learn, use and develop within that subject.
In geography these are:
We are learning to:
Teaching geography in EYFS
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them – from visiting parks, libraries and museums to meeting important members of society such as police officers, nurses and firefighters. In addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world. As well as building important knowledge, this extends their familiarity with words that support understanding across domains. Enriching and widening children’s vocabulary will support later reading comprehension.
Throughout their time in EYFS, the children begin to gain some early geographical knowledge and skills through focused topic teaching sessions and accessing high quality provision. The children engage in hands on experiences which promote social and cultural understanding and allow for detailed discussions reflecting the world around them and changes in environments. To develop children’s substantive knowledge we use engaging floor books and a learning journey board (in reception) where the children can look back at their prior learning and continue to recall and develop their knowledge. We use a range of stimulus to engage children and develop their geographical understanding, including a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, maps and globes, IPads and computers to look at maps and our local area and educational visits. We provide the children with an interactive and hands on learning environment and high quality adult interactions to support and further learning, whilst fostering a love of learning about our world and encourage open questioning. Some of the topics that focus on developing geographical understanding and skills include ‘All about Me’ where we learn about ourselves and our local area and ‘Seasons’ where we talk about natural changes over time.
Geography and British Values
Reading in geography
Books are a central part of our geography curriculum and most new topics start with a book. Below is an overview of the books embedded within our geography curriculum and a rational about they they were chosen.
How do we develop cultural capital in geography?
Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a child can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key ingredients a pupil will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work.
In geography we aim to provide children with various opportunities develop their culture capital by going on various school visits and have topic based experiences in school. Many of these are new experiences for most of the children and provide them with hands on experiences to help them to fully immerse themselves in geography topics and become engaged, independent learners.
Significant people in Geography
When planning our curriculum we highlighted some key significant geographers for the children to learn about. These people were chosen for various reasons but are all known for their revolutionary geographical discoveries and findings!
What does geography look like at Pinders Primary School?
Relevant subject research links