Our Geography curriculum helps 'prepare young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of their world and to face the challenges that will shape our societies and environments at the local, national and global scales.’ (Gardner, 2009)
A spiral progression of skills (based on the national curriculum) allow children to:
develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
In its implementation through KS1 and KS2, geography will often be linked through a theme. Children will also be given opportunities to consider ‘deeper thinking questions’ where often knowledge is further contextualised. Full details about our knowledge and skills taught are on our Curriculum Matrix.
Reference: Dr Rita Gardner, Director, Royal Geographical Society,quoted in A Different View (2009)