What is Geography?
Geography is the study of people, places and processes. It provides a link between science and humanities.
What type of geographer are we trying to develop at Holyport? (INTENT)
We believe that a high-quality geography education should inspire our pupils to have curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. 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. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Through inspiring half termly topics from Curriculum Maestro and adapted and carefully planned lessons from Curriculum Maestro contains Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features, at different scales, are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
At Holyport, we aim to provide pupils with experiences which enable them to develop their own geographical skills, including fieldwork opportunities and locality studies.
We aim to enable pupils to consider the moral, social and cultural aspects of their studies in geography, and to encourage a sense of awe and wonder about the world.
We believe that geography can foster a sense of responsibility for our environment and that our pupils should be encouraged to think about the quality and vulnerability of our environment and the contribution they could make towards its sustainability.
What is our approach to Geography at Holyport? (Implementation)
Throughout school, we take a practical and theoretical approach to the study of Geography whereby children find out about their local surroundings and make connections between this and different countries and cultures, identifying similarities and differences with our locality and culture.
Children begin to develop their locational in KS1 by identifying characteristics of different countries and also begin to build on their observational skills relating to both human and physical features both locally and internationally. These skills are developed further in KS2 where field trips allow the children to study and record information from parts of the country other than our own, as well as identifying features of the local landscape and utilising a range of other skills to make sketches of locations and create pieces of writing or presentations about their experiences.
Geographical knowledge is developed through the closer study and comparison of maps, using both digital resources and atlases, and children practise using compasses, grid references, symbols and keys to read and create their own maps and apply these skills practically.
At Holyport CE Primary, our drivers for Geography come from Cornerstones Curriculum Maestro which follows the National Curriculum for Geography.
We have enhanced the school's Cornerstones curriculum topics, some that have the development of geographical knowledge and skills at their core,, which means that becoming a geographer is a key part of our whole curriculum. These topics allow the progression of skills throughout school, making links between different areas of the curriculum and applying their understanding of local issues to global ones that the modern world is seeking to address.
We value the connections we make within our local community, and are always seeking to develop working relationships with partners outside of the immediate school to enrich children's learning. If you have any links which may benefit the school, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us!
Curriculum Leader: Amanda Featherstone