At Welland Academy our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world that will remain with them throughout their lives. Geography provides children with the opportunity to explore and discover the world around them from their very own classroom. It helps children to understand the world, its environments, and places near and far, and the processes that create and affect the world. As the future generation responsible for our planet, we want our children to have a sense of respect for the world and everything in it. We want to equip pupils with 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.
At Welland Academy, we want our children to have a love for geographical learning and gain knowledge and skills through high quality teaching both inside and outside the classroom. Our curriculum is designed so that children start with ‘themselves’ and their school or local area before working out to areas or regions of the United Kingdom and the rest of the world. We have developed a progression of skills for each year group, which enables pupils to build on and develop their knowledge and skills each year. We understand that Geography is a necessary partner for other subjects, for example History and that it allows us to understand past people and events in a deeper, more meaningful way. It also partners well with our PE and outdoor learning provision through the use of co-ordinates and outdoor adventure activities.
Location knowledge, fieldwork and map work are woven throughout the geography units. This includes fieldwork to the river at Stibbington and the use of Digimap to access a wide range of maps. Effective use of educational visits, local fieldwork and visitors are planned, to enrich and enhance the pupil’s learning experiences within the geography curriculum.
At the start of each unit, children will complete a pre-assessment where they will have the opportunity to share what they already know about a current topic. In order to support the children’s learning, we provide regular opportunities to retrieve the learning that has taken place in previous units as well as the current unit. Children are given a knowledge organiser at the start of each unit which details key facts and vocabulary. This is used to support the children with their acquisition of knowledge and are used as a reference document.
Our Geography curriculum will lead pupils to be enthusiastic Geography learners, evidenced in a range of ways, including pupil voice and work. Evidence will show a broad and balanced curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. As children progress throughout the school, they will develop deep knowledge, an understanding and appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context.