The BHPS Geography Curriculum
At BHPS we provide children with a challenging and engaging geography curriculum that inspires a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We want them to have an interest in and a sense of wonder about places. Through studying a variety of locations, they begin to make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. They are increasingly able to explain where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected.
We aim to build on key geographical knowledge, understanding and skills. As we draw our pupils from a wide catchment, we start with ensuring pupils have a strong understanding of the school geography and the immediate local area. As pupils progress, they study locations further afield and of significance currently and historically. Many of our pupils have significant links with places further afield and we aim to celebrate these as well as using these as valuable resources.
We motivate and enthuse pupils by creating deep links with other curriculum areas including maths, science, history, art and SMSC. Wherever possible, we use first-hand experiences and fieldwork to deepen their understanding of geographical processes. We aim to provide some off-site experiences with a specific geographical focus. We use a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and access to the latest technologies. This ensures that their curiosity and fascination are maintained and that geography is delivered in an exciting and engaging way.
Our geography curriculum is designed to allow children time to think, discuss, practise, explore and embed. This allows time for teaching, practice and repetition – both in a year group and across both key stages. Curriculum coverage is mapped out carefully from EYFS to Year 6 which allows some key concepts to be developed at a deeper level of learning, understanding and mastery. Fundamental knowledge and skills are covered at key points throughout the primary phase and repeated to allow pupils to build on what has been taught before. Where year groups are covering an area in more depth, this will be highlighted in green on the Curriculum Depth Map below. Lessons will be planned and a knowledge organiser provided for pupils, which outlines the area to be taught, where the new knowledge and skills fit in with their prior learning, any sticky knowledge they need to understand and key vocabulary they need to learn.
Impact is evidenced through:
- Pupils’ use and understanding of the identified geographical vocabulary and their association of it with relevant images or features
- Retaining key knowledge
- Demonstrating that they know more all the time
- Low-stakes tests/quizzes
- Pupils will be able to express their knowledge and understanding
- The use and outcomes of the varied activities
- Pupils’ ability to show progress along the ‘observe, use geographical vocabulary to describe, compare, give reasons and explain what they are learning about’ sequence, and in their acquisition, application and transferability of geographical skills.