Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject that provides answers to questions about natural and human aspects of the world. At Springdale, children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding of the world, as well as their place in it. The Geography curriculum enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive and transferable to other curriculum areas. We 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. We also aim 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.
Geography at Springdale is taught in topics throughout the year. Through their work in Geography, children learn about their local area and compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. As pupils progress, they deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. They learn how to draw and interpret maps and use subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical Geography, with accuracy and confidence. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills for each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. At the beginning of each topic, children are able to convey what they know already as well as what they would like to find out. This informs the programme of study and also ensures that lessons are relevant and take account of children’s different starting points. Cross-curricular outcomes in Geography are specifically planned for, where appropriate. The local area is also utilised and teachers plan for opportunities to learn outside the classroom.
Outcomes in topic workbooks evidence a broad and balanced Geography curriculum. As children progress through the school, they acquire key knowledge and skills and develop a sound knowledge and understanding of both human and physical Geography. Children at Springdale, appreciate their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. Children gain an appreciation of life in different societies and develop a sense of other cultures. At the end of each year, children make progress and attain in line with or better than national expectations.