At Grange Junior School we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it, and their surrounding community. The geography curriculum at Grange Junior School enables
children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Geography is, by nature, an investigative and active subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with the children for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, and instil a passion for geography beyond the classroom.
Geography at Grange Junior School is linked to termly big question, e.g. “Does adversity make us stronger?” Geography is then linked, via a whole school progression map, to each big question. Within each big question, Geography is taught as a block, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. Leaders have identified the key knowledge and skills of each big question and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group and across the school. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment of inclusion.
Cross curricular outcomes in geography are specifically planned for, with links between geography and other lessons identified, planned for and utilised. The local area is fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for practical fieldwork, where children can apply the skills and knowledge learnt within the classroom.
Children use knowledge organisers specific to the unit of geography to support their understanding. These contain relevant prior learning; provide maps and diagrams for discussion during the unit of work; the relevant geographical vocabulary and a series of questions for children to use assessment for learning.
Outcomes in theme books evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge and skills. Where practical activities, e.g. fieldwork, are undertaken planning evidences the learning taking place and photograph evidence is kept for assessment.
As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding an appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. Geographical understanding, as well as children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is further supported by the school’s links with other subjects and external trips
Theme displays, identified by a big question, demonstrate the learning journey undertaken during each unit of work and evidence the high-quality work taking place at Grange Junior School and support with the relevant geographical vocabulary and supporting knowledge.
Specific milestones have been established for each year group, which teachers use to assess progress and attainment of their children on an ongoing basis. This provides a basis for discussion regarding whole school attainment in geography and informs the subject action plan.