“Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting to change. It’s dynamic and relevant. For me, Geography is a great adventure with a living purpose.”
At Park Lane Primary School, we will provide high quality geography lessons encouraging children to aspire for careers such as cartographers, town planners, conservationists or weather forecasters. Our aim is to provide children with a purposeful platform to appreciate and understand the world we live in and how it has evolved. In geography, we will strive to equip children with the knowledge about diverse places, people, and resources, natural and human environments together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key human and physical processes. As our children will progress, their growing knowledge about the world around them should help to deepen their understanding of an interaction between physical and human processes, the formation of landscapes and environments. This geographical knowledge, understanding and skill will provide the framework with which to explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
Park Lane’s Geography curriculum aims to:
- Develop children’s contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places, both land and sea – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the action of processes involved with these features.
- Help children to understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, their interdependency and how they bring about spatial change and variation over time.
- Develop children who are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
- Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes.
- Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs
- Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
Teachers at Park Lane Primary School:
- Have secure subject knowledge of the Geography curriculum using Cornerstones alongside Target Tracker to ensure humanities lessons cover a range of skills and knowledge.
- Ensure Geography lessons are cross-curricular and give children the opportunity to apply other skills away from the point of teaching.
- Plan and deliver engaging, hand-on lessons that allow children to develop a range of humanities skills whilst inspiring a sense of awe and wonder within the children
- Organise out of class trips and fieldwork to allow children to have immersive experiences learning more about their local area.
- Use Now Press Play technology to provide further experiences.
- Utilise our school grounds to provide excelled opportunities throughout outdoor education.
Our Geography curriculum offers high quality and well-planned lessons which encourage children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of the world and its people. Children at Park Lane are deemed to be making good or accelerated progress in this subject. In order to measure the impact of our Geography curriculum we use the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes with teachers completing half-termly assessments on Target Tracker.
- Evidence of high-quality work is visible in Wide Horizons books and Seesaw provides an alternative evidence base showcasing activities completed out of books and outside of the classroom.
- Children’s articulation of their learning – evidenced through videos on seesaw.
- Week in Learning/ Lesson Drop ins completed show good and outstanding teaching in this subject.
- Children leave Park Lane as confident geographers and leave with the self-assurance that they understand the world around them.
Set a firm foundation of factual and disciplinary knowledge to create a smooth transition to KS3.