Geography allows children to explore the interactions between themselves and both the physical and human world around them; at Moorlands we seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Our aim is to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments.
We want children to appreciate their personal geography and through the exploration of this subject inspire awe, wonder and understanding of our ever-changing world. Geography can help children make links between their own experiences to that of others around the world; they will begin to understand their rights and responsibilities to people and the environment, and gain an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
At Moorlands, we will begin to explore aspects of geography beginning in EYFS as part of Understanding the World and develop this knowledge progressively as the children continue through school following the framework set out in the Geography National Curriculum (2014). Through fieldwork, research and enquiry we aim to guide children towards becoming keen geographers with an appreciation of the diversity of the world that is beyond our own locality and culture.
Our aims in the teaching of geography at Moorlands are:
- To inspire pupils about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
- To provide pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments.
- To develop a growing knowledge about the world to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
- To enable pupils to have an understanding and skills to communicate geographical knowledge effectively.
- To provide children with the frameworks to learn and explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
Geography at Moorlands is delivered by class teachers or HLTAs following the ‘Cornerstones’ scheme of work which supports attainment targets set out in the National Curriculum (2014). Wherever possible, children will experience a hands-on, enquiry-led approach to geography; they will participate in purposeful fieldwork, exploring their local area and communicating their findings in a variety of ways during their termly project work.
Our geography projects are sequenced to provide a coherent scheme of learning that develops children’s geographical knowledge, skills and subject disciplines. To ensure that a broad and diverse understanding of the world is provided we also cover geographical locations. Where opportunities arise we endeavour to make meaningful connections to other areas of the curriculum; skills and geographical knowledge are revisited to ensure a deeper understanding of the subject with core geography projects being taught in the autumn and spring terms with opportunities for pupils to revisit less secure concepts in the summer term.
The work in geography will be assessed by teacher judgements as we observe them during lessons. Once a project is completed a summative judgement of the work is made whether they are still working towards, have obtained, or exceeded the expectations of the project; this analysis is then used to plan the revision of less secure concepts in the summer term.