Geography

The Geography Curriculum at Fairstead School                           Subject Lead: Megan Burroughs

Intent  

Geography is about understanding the world. At Fairstead, we aim to inspire inquisitiveness about the world that will remain with children throughout their lives.  

We have a broad and balanced curriculum that teaches about the world and the local area. We aim to encourage our children to be responsible citizens by providing them with the knowledge and skills they need to understand and respect the environment.  

Our curriculum is relevant to the children in our school. We make links with our local area wherever possible so that children develop knowledge, building on their own personal experiences. 

We believe that all children are entitled to receive a high-quality of education regardless of their needs or disabilities. We believe that it is vital that our children are equipped with the tools and skills needed to become independent learners, both inside and outside of the classroom. For further information please see our SEND information report and Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy. 

Implementation  

In EYFS, our curriculum is based on the EYFS Development Matters document for children from birth to age 5.  It is for all children, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. This curriculum is followed throughout Nursery and Reception.

Our teaching is based on the Characteristics of Effective Learning:

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

Understanding the World –People and Communities. The World. Technology.

In EYFS, the children will learn about their world, about the natural world and about their local area. This can be through adult-led activities or self-select activities during ‘child initiated play’, where they choose whether to play indoors or outside. During this time they have access to the wide range of activities and have time to enjoy sustained play and develop deeper thinking.

In KS1 and 2, our Geography curriculum follows the National Curriculum and incorporates the CQ Essentials Curriculum milestones, allowing children to investigate places, investigate patterns and learn to communicate geographically. These three ‘threshold concepts’ are woven into the geography units we teach.   

Each threshold concept in our curriculum is organised into 3 milestones, each covering approximately two years, giving children opportunity to achieve and master them.   

Our progressive curriculum has been carefully planned to allow opportunities for making links and building on prior knowledge. Our knowledge categories, which thread through the different units, help us achieve this. These are: 

  • Location
  • Human features 
  • Physical features 
  • Diversity 
  • Physical processes 
  • Human processes 
  • Techniques 

Children learn Geography in a range of ways including practical work, direct teaching, collaborative learning and independent work to ensure an inclusive and interesting curriculum. Opportunities for children to apply their literacy and mathematics skills have been planned in. In addition, fieldwork, on and off site, gives children the opportunity to experience the environments they are learning about first hand.  

 Impact  

Through learning about Geography at Fairstead, children will grow into learners who are inspired and excited about the world around them. By learning about our world both locally, nationally and internationally, we prepare children for high school and to be responsible citizens of the world. By learning about our world and it’s precious resources, children are better prepared to make good decisions about the world around them.  

Teachers and school staff are constantly assessing children’s progress and understanding through discussion and structured activities, adapting their practice accordingly. Children complete Proof of Progress tasks (POP tasks) at the end of each unit in which they are able to show their knowledge, vocabulary and skills they have acquired during the unit.  

Geography Curriculum Map 2023-24

Geography Learning Journey Milestone 1

Geography Learning Journey Milestone 2

Geography Learning Journey Milestone 3

 

 

Contact Us

Headteacher: Daniel Farthing
Address: William Booth Road
Kings Lynn
PE30 4RR

Tel: 01553 774666
Email: office@fairstead.norfolk.sch.uk

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