Why do we teach this?
At Laughton Junior and Infant School our Geography curriculum inspires pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We aim to open up the world beyond each child’s personal experiences and provoke them to ask and seek answers to questions about the natural and human environment Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
We develop core geographical skills which are built into each area of study enabling pupils to deepen their own understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, of the formation and use of landscapes and environments and how these are interconnected and change over time.
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 maximise learning for all children. The local area is fully utilised to achieve desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded. School trips and fieldwork are provided to give first hand experiences, which enhance children’s understanding of the world beyond their locality.
Our whole school approach to teaching this subject includes many areas:
Through topics that will motivate, interest and inspire our children.
Planning and delivery of engaging lessons with high quality resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge and skills.
Introduction of challenging concepts and new vocabulary.
Knowledge and skills that are built upon from previous learning.
Opportunities to encourage and enable children to acquire and practise skills, explore and find out for themselves.
Effective formative assessment and feedback that informs future learning.
What will this look like?
Our approach at Laughton Junior and Infant School results in children who are motivated and excited to discover and explore the world around and beyond. Outdoor learning and educational trips enable our children to widen their experiences, knowledge and understanding of geography.
When children leave Laughton Junior and Infant School they will have the following:
An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like.
An excellent understanding of the ways in which places are connected including human and physical environments.
An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
Be fluent in complex, 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.