Geography

 

PHILOSOPHY

At Roe Green Infants and Roe Green Strathcona school we believe that geography should provoke and answer questions about natural and human worlds using different scales of enquiry to view them from different perspectives. In the study of geography, children will encounter different societies and cultures. We hope it will inspire them to think about their own place in the world, their values, their rights and responsibilities towards others and their environment.

Through geography, children develop a strong interest in their own surroundings and the wider world. They will begin to appreciate the variety of physical and human features around the world. Children will recognise and investigate changes in the local area and other localities and they will develop their skills of enquiry. All children will be given opportunities to communicate their findings in a variety of ways.

 

PURPOSES

Through geography, children develop a strong interest in their own surroundings and the widerworld. 

  • They will begin to appreciate the variety of physical and human features around the world. 
  • Children will recognise and investigate changes in the local area and other localities. 
  • Children will develop their skills of enquiry. 
  • Children will be given opportunities to communicate their findings in a variety of ways.

 

Planning

Long term planning is taken from a variety of schemes e.g. Plan Bee, Hamilton

Year 1 and 2 cover 3 units each.

The units can be found in the school yearly plan. Each unit can be delivered in a half. The chosen units for Key Stage 1 cover the full range of requirements for geography in the National Curriculum.

Medium term planning is undertaken by year group teams and class teachers. Objectives are taken from a variety of schemes and divided into weekly lessons. These are divided into half termly topics, taught alternately with history.

Short term planning is done on a weekly basis. Teachers differentiate the objectives according to the needs in their class. They have the flexibility to change certain focuses in order to make them more relevant to the children in our school and issues around our local area.

In Nursery and Reception classes the children work towards the Early Learning Goals by progressing through the Development Matters of the EYFS. Geography makes a significant contribution to the ELG objectives of knowledge and understanding of the world through a variety of activities.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

How do we teach Geography?

We teach geography in a variety of ways according to the demands of the task: whole class, group work – mixed and same ability groups, pairs and individual.

Children have access to artefacts, books, internet, videos, the local environment, photographs, atlases and world maps, specific software and visitors (e.g. people who help us). We create attractive displays in order to stimulate our learning environment and encourage interaction with artefacts.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY & INCLUSION

We provide a variety of learning experiences that meet the needs of all pupils regardless of gender, race, religion, economic background and fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum. Children access the curriculum at the appropriate level, thus ensuring differentiation and progression.

ASSESSMENT

Formative assessment identifies children’s progress against the teaching objectives. These can be matched to the expectations outlined in each topic. A class record sheet based on the end of unit expectations is to be completed at the end of each unit. Overall comments on children’s achievement at the end of all units, will help match children’s achievement to the level descriptors in the National Curriculum. Annotated samples of work also act as a useful assessment indicator. Children’s progress will be communicated to parents in a written report at the end of the school year.