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Sandown School

Geography

Intent:

Why do we teach this?  

Geography is essentially about understanding the world we live in. It helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the physical and human aspects of the world. At Sandown Primary School children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it.  

  • The geography curriculum enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferrable to other curriculum areas.  
  • An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like, both in Britain and the wider world;  
  • The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current issues in society and the environment;  
  • Geography is an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills.  
  • To inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and people within it; 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. 
  • We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Deal so that they can develop a real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special.  
  • A genuine interest in the subject and a real sense of curiosity about the world and the people who live here.  

 

Implementation:  

What do we teach? What does this look like?  

Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision, which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.  

  • We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year-by-year and sequenced appropriately to maximize learning for all children.  
  • It is important that children develop the skills of a geographer by fully immersing them in all areas of the subject.  
  • The local area is fully utilised to achieve desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice.  
  • School trips and fieldwork are provided to give first hand experiences, which enhance children’s understanding of the world beyond their locality. 

 

Impact:  

What will this look like?  

By the time, children leave Sandown Primary School they will:  

  • Have an excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like.  
  • Have an understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated.  
  • Have an extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.  
  • Be fluent in geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical and presentational techniques.  
  • Have the ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain findings. 
  • Be highly developed and frequently utilised fieldwork and other geographical skills and techniques. 
  • Have a passion for and commitment to the subject, and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there.  
  • Have the ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and the environment. 

 Progression in Geography

Geography Knowledge

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