A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. At Allfarthing, teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people and environments together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes and their significance in the world today.
In KS1, pupils will develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They will 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. As a school focusing on Oracy, we encourage children to use full sentences and key technical vocabulary demonstrating their geographical understanding when answering questions. In KS2, pupils will extend their knowledge and further enhance their 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 knowledge. As pupils progress, they will develop their geographical skills across many areas, such as the using maps, atlases, globes, as well as digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied. They will have an understanding of the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world.
At Allfarthing, we believe in excellence for all. Our aim is to ensure our geography curriculum is accessible to every student. We differentiate through our use of resources, effective planning and adult support. You will see words banks, sentence stems and support sheets throughout our lesson planning as well as a range of crosscuricular links to music, drama and art to support the students’ understanding. We aim to bring learning to life and raise the childrens’ cultural capital through trips, workshops and use of technology such as VR. Every single child in each classroom is involved and eager to participate.
Throughout our curriculum, there is an opportunity for raising geographical questions and opportunities to focus on the geography skills. Many topics also include opportunity for fieldwork and hands on learning inside and outside of the classroom. In order to adapt our teaching and planning and ensure we are enabling children to progress, at the start of each new topic, there is a recap and/or assessment of each student’s prior knowledge. This is done through knowledge harvests and topic quizzes, our planning is adapted based on this in order to ensure both support and challenge is provided as necessary.
By the time children leave Allfarthing, they should be equipped with the geographical knowledge outlined in the National Curriculum. We aim for children to be confident with the geographical skills such as map reading, using atlases, globes, and their knowledge of the world around them. Most importantly, we aim for all our children to leave Allfarthing with a passion for and enjoyment of geography and a caring attitude towards our world.