Geography

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Subject Statement of Intent

At Holy Rosary we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops and understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Holy Rosary and also to their further education and beyond.

The geography curriculum at Holy Rosary aims to enable all children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Our children should also know how Geography reflects and shapes our history and how it contributes to the cultures of our world.

 

We aim for all pupils to:

  • Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
  • Understand geographical processes that form key physical and human geographical features of the world
  • Understand how these processes are interdependent and how they bring change over time
  • Be able to collect, analyse and communicate a range of data gathered through fieldwork 
  • Interpret a range of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways.

 

 Geography is taught as the main key focus for two weeks during each curriculum block unit. We implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum and ensuring that coverage of the National Curriculum is complete. In Foundation Stage, Geography is taught through Knowledge and Understanding of the World. 

 

What we teach at Holy Rosary:

Key knowledge

Progression 

The Geography policy can be found in the Policy section of the website, or by clicking here.

Assessment

The geography curriculum at Holy Rosary is based upon the National Curriculum, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills and taught in each Key Stage. Teachers plan lessons for their class using our progression of key knowledge and skills document. Teachers can use this document to plan their geography lessons suitable to their class’s interests. The progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group.

In Foundation Stage, Geography is assessed using the Early Learning Goals and Development Matters. This is recorded using Insight and Tapestry. 

In KS1 and 2 class teachers assess before, during and after each unit.

Weekly quizzes are compiled by teachers and used to ensure recall and retrieval of the key knowledge. 

Geography is assessed using concept maps to identify what children have learnt and data is imputed into Insight Tracker. 

Geography learning gallery:

 

Here is some fantastic learning from the children at Holy Rosary:

 

  • This includes some super learning from our early years children, discovering ‘All around the world’.
  • Year five collectively creating a letter full of knowledge about their recent topic of North and South America
  • Wow! Year three have created a super representation of the  water cycle
  • Year six have shown off their map skills
  • Year four have discovered lines of latitude, longitude and the equator!

Check back for the latest geography news and events throughout the year!

 

Here is some of the fun that we have been having at Geography club this year. 

In the Autumn and Spring term, KS1 have taken part in ‘Dance Around the World club’ 

– They have been able to learn about traditional dances starting with England and leading all the way around the world to China and India! Additionally, they have also been learning to be inspired by dances linking to places and weather. For example, city dance or the North Pole.

During Summer term, KS2 have been taking part in our geography research club. They have been creating their own geography facts book about anywhere in the world that inspires them!