Intent, Implementation and Impact
At Greengate Junior School we believe that Geography education should be fully inclusive to every child. We teach to and follow the requirements of the National Curriculum. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum that is differentiated to meet the needs of our children. We are ensuring the progressive development of geographical concepts, knowledge and skills, with an aim that the children will develop an interest in geography, and have a sound understanding of the rich diverse county that we live in and the wider country/world. We the children at Greengate Juniors school to understand the important role they play as a global citizen to foster sustainability in an ever changing world. We are fortunate to live in a coastal town on the outskirts of the Lake District National Park and we aim to take the children in to this environment as frequently as possible to encourage enjoyment, appreciation and preservation. It is from this we have our starting point.
Through the teaching of Geography we aim:
- To inspire pupils curiosity to learn about how people live, work and ‘play’ within their local environment and the wider world.
- To give the children the opportunities to learn about the location of the worlds continents, countries, cities, town, sea, oceans and mountainous regions.
- To develop geographical skills of interpreting a range of sources of geographical information, maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs GPS
- To help them understand how the human and physical features of a place shape it location and can change over time.
- To understand how human behaviour effects environments.
- To be aware that political decisions can change environments and human behaviour.
- To provide opportunities to make cross curricular links, particularly British Values, RE and PSHE.
Geography is taught as part of the Humanities curriculum. It is taught across each term – weekly or in blocks, at the discretion of class teachers, so for example it could be linked to a cross curricular topic . It is progressive throughout the whole school. The focus is on the knowledge and skills as stated in the National Curriculum. Teachers plan lessons for their class based on the geography long term plan. Using the assessment skills particular to each year group to plan medium term. This ensures that curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group. Where possible we try to offer the children ‘real- life’ experiences in the environment to enhance geographical skills and knowledge. Over four years the children will visit the local beach, woods,The Lake District and cities. With these visits and through extracurricular activities (gardening club) and community events (litter picks) we evoke responsibility, care and preservation.
We measure the impact of our curriculum using the flowing methods:
- Summative and assessments of pupils’ discussions about learning
- Formative assessment lesson by lesson annotating the year group assessment skills
- The children’s books and photographs of their learning
- Learning conversations
- Moderation meetings
- Marking and feedback