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Geography

Our Intent: Why our Geography curriculum looks like this

The Green Lane Geography curriculum includes termly topics for all children from Year 1 to Year 6. We offer a high-quality Geography education that will:

Because of this, we feel it is important for the subject to be taught discretely as well as incorporated within other curriculum subjects.

What are the aims of the Green Lane Curriculum for Geography?

The Green Lane Curriculum for Geography follows the aims of the National Curriculum to ensure that all pupils:

Geography Subject Content: Key Stage 1

Pupils should develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They should understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.

 Pupils should be taught to:

Locational knowledge

Place knowledge

Human and physical geography

Geographical skills and fieldwork

Geography Subject Content: Key Stage 2

Pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They should develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.

Pupils should be taught to:

Locational knowledge

Place knowledge

Human and physical geography

Geographical skills and fieldwork

Please click here to view our subject content by topics for KS1 and KS2.

Implementation and Impact: How do we teach our Geography curriculum and what is the purpose of our Geography curriculum?

IMPLEMENTATIONIMPACT
Knowledge Organisers and Knowledge Walls
Children have access to key language and meanings in order to understand and readily apply to their
written, mathematical and verbal communication of their skills, in a purposeful context. This promotes
connections to be made across all foundation subjects where applicable.
 
Subject Specific Vocabulary
Identified through knowledge organisers and knowledge wall and highlighted to the children at the beginning of lessons and revisited through class discussions and knowledge quizzes. The promotion of a language rich Geography curriculum is essential to the successful acquisition of knowledge and understanding in Geography.
 
Resources
Children will access resources to acquire learning through atlases, text books, maps, digital technology and photographs. Children will use a range of secondary resources to develop their knowledge and understanding that is integral to their learning.
 
Outdoor Learning Opportunities
Children will have opportunities to learn in our outdoor learning environment. This may be using the school grounds, local area or wider community to apply and explore their subject specific task.
 
Educational Visits to Enhance Cultural Capital
Where applicable links to geography will be made to develop the children’s topical learning.
 
British Values and PSHE
Children will learn and revisit the importance of our world and how it should be treated through a range of cultural capital activities and experiences.
 
Approaches to Teaching
A wide variety of teaching approaches are used in geography lessons to ensure children make good progress, and all learning styles are catered for.  Class teachers ensure there is a good balance of whole class, group work and individual learning in geography lessons.
 
Recap of Prior Learning
Lessons will develop long term memory by allowing for repetition of learning within the year and year on year. 

Children will be equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
 
Children will develop their knowledge of Geopgraphy as they move through school. They will be exposed to new and specific vocabulary and meanings and be encouraged to use this in lessons.
 
Children will achieve age related expectations in Geography at the end of their cohort year.  
 
Children will enjoy learning about geography, therefore encourage them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.
 
Children will develop their map skills and become familiar with the countries and continents which they are studying. They will be encouraged to find specific countries, cities, landmarks and oceans on the map which is specific to their topic.
 
Children will develop a clear and confident understanding of their own community and locality. 
 
Children will have a good understanding about the world around them and how it has been shaped.
 
Children will work in a small group, with a learning partner and independently depending on the lesson. They will support each other as well as being responsible for their own learning.

Pedagogy

Our Teaching Sequence
Placing of the Geography being studied in the context of previous learning, using maps/atlases

Brief review of learning covered in previous lesson/s

Specify key vocabulary to be used and its meaning

Conduct geographical enquiry using a variety of sources

Interpret their findings
 
Communicate their geography knowledge and understanding appropriately

Evaluate their learning and compare with other historical periods studied as appropriate
Possible Pedagogical Approaches used in Geography
Direct teacher instruction; modelling of skills and techniques; demonstration

Inquiry-based learning;  outdoor learning

Teacher modelling; mix of individual, paired and group instruction

Pupil-led learning; opportunities to showcase learning

Being introduced to the key vocabulary that a geographer would use; defining the key vocabulary that a geographer would use; high expectations of pupils ‘talking’ like a geographer; high expectation of pupils researching, interpreting and presenting like a geographer.

Please click here to view our Progression of Skills for Geography.

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