At Peel Hall Primary School, Geography is mainly taught through termly, cross-curricular topics. However, some aspects of the curriculum, at times, may have to be taught in stand-alone lessons. Geography is an important aspect of the National Curriculum and should inspire the children to develop a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage Geography is taught as part of the Understanding the World aspect of the curriculum. This involves the children getting to know about other people, the place where they live and about all aspects of the environment.
During Key stage 1 the children will be provided with opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding about the world, the United Kingdom and their local area. They will be introduced to specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.
At Key Stage 2 the children will be given the opportunity to extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area and the United Kingdom to include Europe, North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features.
Our children will learn about the subject in a range of ways, including using maps and atlases, using information books and the internet for research purposes and through conducting field studies of local areas. Geography focused topics are usually blocked.
In order to assess the progress our children make in Geography, we use Classroom monitor, which assists teachers when marking to highlight the facts, skills and knowledge that the children have acquired.
As subject leader, I monitor the Geography curriculum and try to ensure field trips, where possible, are incorporated into themes, I look at how well the children are doing by evaluating each child’s performance in Geography every half term.