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Our Lady of Lourdes

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Geography

At OLOL, we believe that a high-quality Geography curriculum 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 framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

The aims of Geography at our school are:

  • Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes.
  • Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time.
  • Are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
    • Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes.
    • Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
    • Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Curriculum Intent:

At O. L.O.L, we believe that a high-quality Geography curriculum 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 framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

In accordance with the statutory orders for Geography, O.L.O.L is committed to the following aims:

 

The National Curriculum for Geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes;
  • Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time;
  • Are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
    • Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes;
    • Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS);
    • Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Curriculum Implementation:

The National Curriculum objectives for Geography in Key Stage 1 and 2 have been incorporated into a 'topic based' approach which incorporates key skills. Each year group has an allocated topic to cover, within which the key skills for Geography are taught. Our mapping sheet gives an overview of each key stage. (Appendix A) The subject leader is responsible for taking the lead in the planning and development of the geography curriculum.

 

The Geography curriculum for the A.S.D. Resource Provision for Key Stage 1 and 2 is adapted to address the prime needs of the pupils.

 

In organising our curriculum for this subject, we realise that Geography has an important role in our pupil's moral and social development. We need to prepare our children for the life in the world where they live and will work with other people of different cultures and ethnic origins. The majority of pupils at O.L.O.L are from the same ethnic background so it is therefore, important that the skills acquired in this subject help our pupils to build an informed and balanced view of the world and their place in it. Geography is about the making of informed judgements. Without a geographical perspective, we lack crucial skills in examining and understanding human society. Our children's effectiveness as citizens will depend on the geographical skills of assessing and evaluating human behaviour.

 

Educational visits are another opportunity for the teachers to plan for additional geography learning outside the classroom.

 

Learning is supported through the use of knowledge organisers that provide children with scaffolding that supports them to retain new facts and vocabulary in their long-term memory. The use of knowledge organisers is to aid teachers in planning the knowledge and skills required for each Geography topic and to assist students in understanding the expectations by the end of the unit. 

 

Cross Curricular Links

We recognise that there is a great deal of scope for cross-curricular work and integration with other subjects and will endeavour to seek opportunities to develop learning across the curriculum through geography wherever opportunities arise.

 

Cross curricular links are made in the following curriculum areas:

 

English

Geography makes a significant contribution to the teaching of English in our school, because it actively promotes the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. We ensure that a selection of the texts that we use in English lessons are geographical in nature. At Key Stage 2 we organise debates on environmental issues, because we believe that these develop speaking and listening skills. Reports, letters and recording information will all develop children's writing ability. We also use environmental issues as a way of developing the children's writing by asking them to record information and write reports and letters.

 

Mathematics

Geography in our school contributes to the teaching of Mathematics in a variety of ways. We teach the children how to represent objects with maps. The children study space, scale and distance and they learn how to use four- and six- figure grid references. They also use graphs to explore, analyse and illustrate a variety of data.

 

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)

Geography contributes significantly to the teaching of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education. The subject matter lends itself to raising matters of economic and social welfare in the UK and around the world. For example, children study the ways in which different materials can be recycled and how the environments change for better or for worse. The children will also look at how money effects the way people live in different countries. In addition, the nature of the subject means that the children have opportunities to take part in debates and discussions.

 

Computing

Computing opportunities will be made available throughout the school in the Geography curriculum. Specific applications are available to allow individuals, groups and classes to maximise

their learning and development. The network and hardware in place within the school provides excellent opportunity to use computing freely and is evident in the planning of geography.

Curriculum Impact:

The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Our Lady of Lourdes are equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Geography, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.

 

Geography assessment is ongoing throughout the relevant cross-curricular themes to inform teachers with their planning, lesson activities and differentiation. Summative assessment is completed at the end of each topic where geography objectives have been covered; an objective tracking sheet is used to inform leaders of school improvements or skills that need to be further enhanced.

 

We further measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

 

•             Images and videos of the children’s practical learning – evidenced in the Geography Subject Leader’s folder and Geography books.  

•             Staff meetings / SIG meetings, where pupil’s books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’ work.

•             Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum.

•             Marking of written work in books.

•             Analysis of data from end of topic assessment tasks.

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