At Tushingham, we aim to provide a high-quality geography education which inspires the pupil’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Our aim is that through the teaching of Geography, we provide a purposeful platform for exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved. Our curriculum will 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 through the curriculum, their growing knowledge will enable them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and the geographical knowledge and skills they develop will provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and changed over time. We also intend for children to become passionate and knowledgeable about our local community and beyond, by learning through experiences in practical and fieldwork activities.
Geography is taught in every year group at certain times throughout the year and cross curricular links are made where possible.
- Topics/units are blocked to allow children to focus on developing their knowledge and skills, studying each topic in depth.
- We have developed a progression of skills with each year group, which enables pupils to build on and develop their skills each year.
- In order to support children in their ability to know more and remember more, there are regular opportunities to review the learning that has taken place in previous topics as well as previous lessons.
- Children are provided with learning objectives to make the lessons aims and goals clear.
- At the start of each topic children will review previous learning and will have the opportunity to share what they already know about a current topic.
- The local area will be utilised as much as possible to help achieve the desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice.
- Forest school opportunities will be provided to support the learning taking place within the geographical units.
- To support teaching and to ensure coverage and progression, staff access a geography scheme which clearly sets out the learning objectives for each unit.
- Medium term planning for all units will cover key geographical concepts: locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork.
- We plan for effective use of educational visits and visitors, to enrich and enhance the pupil’s learning experience and the geography curriculum.
- Teachers use highly effective Assessment for Learning at different points in each lesson to ensure misconceptions are highlighted and addressed.
- Effective modelling by teachers ensures that children are able to achieve their learning intentions, with misconceptions addressed within it.
- Through using a range of assessment tools, differentiation is facilitated by teachers, to ensure that each pupil can access the geography curriculum.
- Pupils are regularly given the opportunity for Self or Peer Assessment, which will then be used to inform planning, preparation, differentiation and address misconceptions within that lesson, or for the next lesson.
- Cross-curricular links are made whenever possible.
- End of term assessment allows us to use data to inform future practice.
The impact of this curriculum design leads to good progress. The high quality teaching of the geography curriculum leads pupils to be enthusiastic learners who are eager to continue their studies outside the classroom.
By the time pupils leave Tushingham school they:
- Have an excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like.
- Have an excellent understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated.
- Have an extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
- Are fluent in complex geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical and presentational techniques.
- Have the ability to reach clear conclusions and develop reasoned arguments to explain findings.
- Have highly developed and frequently utilised fieldwork and other geographical skills and techniques.
- Have a passion for and commitment to the subject, and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there.
- Have the ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and the environment.
- Geographers are ready to deepen their knowledge and skills at High School.