The aim of our Geography Curriculum is to:
- Develop children’s contextual knowledge of globally significant locations – both terrestrial and marine – including defining physical and human characteristics, and exploring how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes.
- Provide children with the opportunity to collect information, and to analyse and communicate with a range of data, gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes.
- Enable children to interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems.
- Improve children’s communication of geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
Subject Leader - Mrs J. Ewbank
Teaching and Learning in Geography:
As part of Reigate Priory’s topic based curriculum, Geography is largely integrated into termly topics, ensuring that there is a progression of knowledge through the school. Lessons develop to make links with other curriculum subjects through broad and balanced topic areas, which build upon the prior learning of the children. Where appropriate, Geography is also taught discretely.
Our curriculum includes an exploration of diverse and different places, people and cultures. Children are encouraged to share their personal experiences and make connections. Children are taught locational knowledge through basic map work and have opportunities for first hand experiences in fieldwork to collect and interpret data involving both human and physical geography.
Children’s learning is peer and self assessed against success checkers as well as receiving feedback from the teacher. Learning is benchmarked by the Focus Assessment Criteria to ensure standards and progress.
Contribution to SMSC and British Values:
- Discussing the use of the world’s resources and the impact of different events on the lives of local people to deepen the children’s ability to understand and empathise.
- Supporting the tolerance, mutual respect and celebration of all peoples from diverse cultures, countries and background.
- Challenging poor representation of diversity and recognizing the contributions of the all world’s peoples.
- Promoting an interest in all living things and creating a curiosity about the beauty of nature and the Earth.
- Encouraging an appreciation of our world and our place within that world, as well as our responsibility towards it.
- Allowing pupils to explore global moral and cultural issues - such as climate change, natural resources, deforestation and land use - and their impact upon us all and our planet’s future.
At the end of the Key Stage a Reigate Priory Geography Learner can:
- Collect and accurately measure their own information to draw conclusions and answer geographical questions.
- Answer questions by using a map including Ordnance Survey symbols and 6-figure grid references.
- Use maps, aerial photographs, plans and e-resources to name, locate and describe what a locality in the UK and around the world is like.
- Describe how some places are similar and dissimilar in relation to their human and physical features.
- Explain how a location fits into its wider geographical location with reference to human and economical features