The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together. - Barack Obama
The Understanding the World sections of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017) and the national curriculum geography programmes of Study (2013) form the roots of Huttoft Primary and Nursery School's geography curriculum. From this national documentation, our geography curriculum has been devised, developed and personalised to our school community, having evolved from our values, vision, and mission statement.
Our Geography curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum statement for Geography.
A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
At Huttoft we appreciate that an enquiring mind and an understanding of a aspects of Geography will enable children to make sense of the ever-changing world in which they live and their role within it. Through their growing curiosity and fascination of the world around them, its people and cultures, children develop an appreciation of the environment, its geographical features and the impact on our society.
We adopt an enquiry-based approach to teaching geography by following the Curriculum to ensure children engage actively with their learning about the world around them and allow for deeper geographical thinking. Through creating a ‘need to know’ and by conveying a sense of curiosity, children are able to see the topic as something to be investigated rather than simple to be learnt. All pupils within a year group work on the same objectives together at the same time. However, work is set at an appropriate level, with pupils given support and challenge relative to their own developmental needs. Pupils are supported with devising their own questions and developing the key skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving.
We aim for geographers to:
- Demonstrate respect for their environment
- Develop a positive appreciation of diversity
- Reflect on changes over time considering the human and physical changes that may have had an impact;
- Develop a growing knowledge about the world and the interaction between human and physical processes
- Consider the impact of human processes on the environment and have the ambition to inspire a positive change for the environment;
- Demonstrate teamwork and resilience to work both collaboratively and independently within a safe, secure learning environment.