Mrs Danielle Morgan
Assistant Headteacher, KS1 Lead, Geography Subject Leaderdmorgan@chacewaterschool.co.uk
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 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.
The geography curriculum has been carefully sequenced, so that prior learning is revisited using Rosenshine's approach to learning. During the Autumn term, throughout the school the children learn about their place in the world with a focus on the UK. During the Spring term, children learn about the human and physical geography of the Earth (Active Planet Theme). During the Summer term, the children will learn to understand the wider world and make comparisons to the area in which we live.
Each year group, from Years 1 to 6, teach two to three geography projects per year. A field trip is planned for every year group within the local area or an educational visit. In the Early Years, the foundations of geographical skills and knowledge are planned through The World ELG.
Our geography curriculum has been supported with the use of Oddizzi, to provide online high quality resources for teachers to use and children to learn from. Alongside this, we use the Geography Association and the geographical association.
Our Geography curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression and personalised to Chacewater. By the end of their primary education at Chacewater, our learners will have gained a rich body of geographical knowledge and a wide range of transferable skills, which they can apply to other subjects and contexts. We assess on a termly basis in order to build a rounded picture of each child as a geographer, using practical opportunities, quizzes, discussions and presentations. This enables teachers to set appropriate, progressive targets and challenge children in their thinking and learning. We aspire for children to leave Chacewater being able to debate and discuss geographical issues and to be able to reflect and form their own opinions on matters such as climate change and natural disasters. We measure our impact based on pupils’ confidence to ask and explore questions to further their own geographical knowledge and understanding.