The aim of Geography is to inspire in children with a curiosity and fascination about the world. They are introduced to geographical information as part of a planned sequence of earning relating facts to each others to build a web of knowledge.
The study of geography helps our pupils understand how the world in which we live shapes our lives, and how we in turn shape the world around us.
At Eastcourt we aim for a high-quality geography curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.
Our teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about places and people; resources in the environment; physical and human processes; and the formation and use of landscapes around the world. We also want children to develop practical geographical skills: collecting and analysing data; using maps, globes, aerial photographs and digital mapping to name and identify countries, continents and oceans; and communicating information in a variety of ways.
We want children to enjoy and love learning about geography by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.
We hope that teaching in this way, our pupils become knowledgeable inhabitants of our planet, aware of its diversity and passionate about its protection.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in geography, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school.
Geography is taught as a regular part of the curriculum focusing on knowledge and skills.
Progression is seen in the way children’s understanding of location gradually expands using the local area to follow maps in Key Stage 1, comparing the similarities and differences in environments and communities in Lower Key Stage 2, and debating world issues in Upper Key Stage 2, becoming aware of the threats our planet faces, and the role they, as citizens of the future, have in protecting and shaping our world.
Our pupils should show an increasing awareness of their role as global citizens and be able to explain how the personal choices people make have an impact on the planet.
They should be knowledgeable about the world, curious to discover more about its wonders, aware of the threats it faces, and passionate about its protection.
They should recognise the way we live has been, and continues to be, affected by the geography at local, national and international levels, and be able to identify key physical and human features in landscapes.
Our children should leave our school equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the next stage of their education and for life as an adult in the wider world.