Geography

Using google maps, can you find where we are on the map? 
Can you find Chacewater School? 
 
What can you see? What human and physical features can you see? 
Human features: the human environment: something that is built by humans and would not have existed in nature without humans. Features includes anything from a house to a city, and all the related infrastructure such as roads, rail, canals etc. 
Physical features:beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather.
Geography Challenge!
Can you create a plan of your home? Create a plan of your home from an aerial view point, so that means looking from above. It could be the ground floor of your house or the first floor. The picture below will give you some ideas. 
 
Please send a photograph of your work so we can share and celebrate it. Email it to me, Mrs Morgan. 

Geography

Intent: 

Our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. 

Children investigate a range of places – both in Britain and within the world. Teaching will equip pupils with the 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. This is developed through topic based projects which have been carefully planned to ensure coverage of the National Curriculum and a progression of skills. 

We are committed to providing children with opportunities to explore, investigate and enquire about their local area of Chacewater and Cornwall so that they can develop a real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special. Thus, enabling them to compare and contrast places within the UK, Europe and the wider World. We also develop the children’s ability to apply geographical and fieldwork skills to enable them to confidently communicate their findings and geographical understanding. 

Through high quality teaching and learning, we develop the following essential characteristics of geographers; 

  • An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like, both in Britain and the wider world;

  • A comprehensive understanding of the ways in which places are independent and interconnected;

  • An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary 

  • Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills, as well as effective presentation techniques;

  • The ability to reach clear conclusions and explain their findings;

  • Fieldwork skills are developed as well as other geographical aptitudes and techniques

  • Ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current issues in society and the environment;

  • An interest in the subject and a real sense of curiosity about the world and the people who live here. 

Implementation:

Subject leaders are provided with additional time to coordinate their subject in addition to their PPA, to plan and develop their subject within the curriculum. 

  • A knowledge organiser outlines the knowledge and vocabulary that all children must master and apply within their lessons;

  • A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth concentrating on the geographical skills suited to the age group;

  • A quiz (quizlet) will be regularly used to support learner’s ability to ensure learning is embedded in the long-term memory. 

  • Trips and visiting experts/ use of resources which will enhance the learning experience;

  • Appropriate curriculum themed home learning tasks which children complete with adults at home, where applicable; 

  • At the beginning of a unit of work, concept maps/ ‘What do you know’/ KWL grids, are used to establish prior knowledge and enables pupils to show what has been learnt as lessons progress. 

  • The school is a member of the Geographical association. Geographical Association membership provides specialist support and expert advice for geography teaching, as well as being a part of a subject community.

  • Links have been made, when teaching history - elements of geography have been linked for example; Celts human geography is identified: settlement and trading.

  • Every year group ensures geographical skills are developed and an element of fieldwork is carried out. 

Impact: 

Our Geography curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression and personalised to Chacewater. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods;

  • A celebration or outcome of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school;

  • A reflection of standards achieved against National Curriculum will be measured;

  • Pupils discussions and conferencing about their learning;

  • Review of quizzes by the class teacher