Geography Curriculum 2023- 2024
At Mount Carmel, we aim to inspire our children to be fascinated about the world and the people in it, developing a curiosity that will last for the rest of their lives. Their geography education will help them develop knowledge about the diversity of places, people and natural and human environments. They will develop an understanding of the physical and human processes of our planet Earth. As their knowledge about the world grows, this will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. We aim for our curriculum to empower children with a deep understanding of local, national and global ecological issues and provide them with the necessary knowledge to make positive change, bridging divides and bringing people together.
The geography curriculum is planned and structured to extend previous knowledge. In both key stages, pupils begin by studying local geography and the United Kingdom and extend their knowledge to include wider areas of the world. Pupils are provided with opportunities to be independent, open minded and curious enquirers, who can reflect on their lives and make significant links to other areas of the world. SEND pupils access the full geography curriculum with modifications made in certain circumstances. More able pupils are encouraged to respond to enquiry questions in greater depth using various sources to support.
· develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
· understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
· are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
* collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
* interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
* communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
At Mount Carmel, we implement a curriculum that is progressive from nursery to year 6. Geography is taught each term for half a term, focusing on the knowledge and skills outlined in the National Curriculum. At the beginning of each unit of work, we review previous learning to help the children retain knowledge, develop a sense of place and to begin to contextualise the new unit of study. Abstract terminology will be taught in context and children will be able to apply this language successfully in their work. We actively engage in geographical enquiries through local fieldwork, library visits for research and visiting geographical sites. Topics are explored through experience days, e.g. a visit to a river and the use of Now Press Play (audio immersive stories).
SEND pupils who require extra support to develop their geographical understanding focus on securing the most generative knowledge. In order to develop more able pupils, they are provided opportunities to communicate their findings in different formats and apply their knowledge and skills in a wider context.
Pupils’ progress is secured through pre-assessment at the beginning of each unit to pre- teach vocabulary and context, including building on concepts encountered in previous units. During pre- assessment, gaps in understanding are established and unit planning will be adapted to address gaps and misconceptions in lessons. Pupils’ understanding of key concepts are assessed during lessons. At the end of each unit of work, pupils’ learning is assessed and opportunities for extended writing are included. Pupils’ knowledge is consolidated during regular sticky challenges.
Classrooms will display maps, diagrams and vocabulary linked to the unit of study. All books will contain learning objectives which are shared with pupils.
Pupils are equipped with the geographical skills and knowledge to prepare them for the key stage 3 curriculum and have acquired life skills to be analytical, inquisitive, discerning and research the sources of information.
Through pupil voice, evidence in books and the website, pupils will be able to express the skills and knowledge they have acquired. They will be able to engage in discussions during lessons and show an interest in the world and the people in it. The children will present work demonstrating a knowledge of:
· Their homes and community
· Their local area
· Countries and Climates
· The United Kingdom
· The Seaside
· The Continents and Oceans
· Nigeria- Abuja
· Earthquakes and Volcanoes
· Rivers and Mountains
· Spain and Catalonia
· Brazil and the Rainforest
· Natural Resources
· Energy and Sustainability
Assessment and monitoring will show a high standard is expected in the subject and pupils are achieving age related expectations in geography using the progression map.
Geography Lead: Mrs N Dennis