Geography at Ladybridge
Not only do we cover the requirements of the National Curriculum, we intend to develop an interest and understanding of the children’s local geography, the wider world and the people that inhabit it that goes beyond their geography lessons. Children will use geography to understand the context of events, people and places throughout their lives. We intend to improve children’s geographical vocabulary, map skills, and geographical knowledge by providing interesting, purposeful lessons that provide opportunity for consolidation, challenge and variety to ensure interest and progress in the subject.
Geography is taught through our cross-curricular Learning Challenge Curriculum. The Learning Challenge curriculum is taught over a 2 year cycle in key stage 1 and a 4 year cycle in key stage 2. Geography will be the main driver for Learning Challenge for 2 half terms out of 6 each year.
Geography is taught in a sequence of lessons that allows children to build upon their skills and develop a broader and deeper understanding of the four areas defined by the National Curriculum: Locational Knowledge; Place Knowledge; Human and Physical Geography; Geographical Skills and Fieldwork. The curriculum has been mapped out to ensure the National Curriculum is covered and the skills progression throughout the years is clear. Lessons are pitched appropriately so children consolidate and further build upon prior knowledge and skills to progress learning.
Across both key stages, children will have a range of opportunities to experience geography through practical activities both in and outside of the classroom. Geographical vocabulary is explained and used which means the children feel confident using it. Children will have access to extensive school grounds, the local area and beyond through relevant school trips. They will have atlases, globes, maps, compasses as well as online resources such as digital maps to support their learning and enquiries.
Children will use their geographical skills across other subjects to develop their contextual knowledge of the world.
Children will have an understanding of the world beyond their own physical experience of it. They will have a deeper understanding of their own local geography but also a deeper understanding of places and people they have not physically experienced. Children will be inquisitive about the world around them and will have improved enquiry skills which they can utilise.
Children will be able to collect, analyse and communicate a range of data and interpret different sources of geographical information. They will be able to communicate their learning, skills and knowledge confidently in a variety of ways with the correct use of geographical vocabulary. They will be able to use their geographical skills to add context to their learning in subjects such as history, science and RE.
Children will understand their impact on the world and how making positive choices can benefit the environment and future of the planet.