GEOGRAPHY AT ROBIN HOOD
At Robin Hood Primary School, we shape our Geography curriculum to ensure it inspires our children to become global citizens. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum; providing a broad and balanced curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of geographical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to develop a love for geography.
THE INTENT OF OUR GEOGRAPHY CURRICULUM
Geography at Robin Hood Primary School is taught through half termly topics, which we aim to equip the children to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. As pupils move through school, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes as well as their geography vocabulary. We want children to develop a love for geography and enjoy learning about the subject by gaining knowledge and skills, not just through classwork but through the use of fieldwork.
HOW OUR GEOGRAPHY CURRICULUM IS IMPLEMENTED
Robin Hood Primary School ensures high standards of teaching and learning in geography, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Geography is used as a topic for the half term (as it History) but we also aim to ensure that it is integrated into other areas of the curriculum and the basic skills are taught throughout the year through cross-curricular work. We feel that geography is just as important as core subjects as children should gain ‘real-life’ experiences. For example, using the local area to follow maps in Key Stage 1, to comparing the similarities and differences in environments and communities in Lower Key Stage 2, through to debating world issues on pollution in Upper Key Stage 2.
THE IMPACT OF OUR GEOGRAPHY CURRICULUM
At Robin Hood Primary School, we access the children’s learning against the age-related expectation bands that are based on the National Curriculum statements for Geography. This is carried out at the end of each geography unit covered, which allows the subject leader review the data collected across school. This also supports the subject leader in seeing which areas require investigating, allowing the subject leader to find a cause for the data. In addition to this, the subject leader will also carry out book monitoring and lesson observations.
GEOGRAPHY CULTURAL CAPITAL
Cultural capital is the essential knowledge that children need to prepare them for their future success. It is about giving children the best possible start to their early education. In order to achieve this within our Geography curriculum, we encourage the children to make links between different places around the world, in regards to the human and physical features of these places. We plan in a way that includes cross-curricular links and ensure that our Geography curriculum is diverse and relatable to the children in our school. Geography helps us understand how the world can change and develop