Geography at St. Paul’s
At St. Paul's our curriculum has been designed to:
- Provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world.
- Encourage children to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it.
- 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.
- Enrich and enhance investigative skills, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills.
- Seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives
- 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.
- Develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at St Paul’s and also to their further education and beyond.
Our geography lessons are carefully planned with clear progression across each year and key stage. Each year group has two geography based topics with additional mapping skills during the year. This ensures coverage of all areas of the national curriculum.
Our geography lessons will include:
- Exposure to geography both indoors and outdoors to enrich geographical thinking
- Carefully planned and resourced trips to enrich and enthuse a love for the topic
- Hook lessons that embrace the key theme
- Knowledge organisers for every topic with clear vocabulary, facts and pictures to ensure subject knowledge is developed, this is assessed through quiz style questions
- Greater depth that is planned and assessed for, through a highly challenged and no ceiling approach to work
- Prior learning that is attained and plans are developed from this point
- Cross curricular outcomes that are specifically planned for, with strong links between geography and English units identified and utilised.
- Use of our local area and forest school to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice.
- Use of skills ladders are used to help assess outcomes
At the end of their time at St. Paul's we would like all children to leave with:
- A love for geography and are able to understand the world in which we live
- Outcomes in topic and English books, evidencing a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrating the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge.
- The ability to review their successes in achieving the lesson objectives at the end of every session and are actively encouraged to identify their own target areas, with these being identified, shared and verified by teachers as necessary.
- A deep knowledge, understanding and 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 the local community.