What Geography looks like at Shaw Ridge School

What a Geography lesson can look like in our school:

  • Opportunities to inspire children’s curiosity about the world
  • A variety of activities and themed days to help children to learn about different countries and their cultures.
  • Children working individually or collaboratively to develop key Geographical skills focusing on map work, investigating human and physical geography and fieldwork.
  • Exciting Geography topics to provide children with the opportunity to explore and investigate the world around them.
  • A well planned ‘Progression of Skills’ to enable the children to work on and develop new skills in each Year.

This is our philosophy:

  • Children learning through exploring different topics whilst acquiring new skills.
  • Children developing an awareness of where different countries are located
  • To provide children with experiences to help them develop their understanding of different countries and their cultures, whilst comparing them to their own surroundings.
  • To celebrate and explore diversity

This is what we do:

  • Each year group have different geographical skills to focus on. The children will then progress through the skills as they move up the school.
  • The skills are covered through carefully selected topics (mapped across the whole school) that will enable the children to develop and use that skill.
  • By the time the children leave Year 6, they will have covered a wide range of geographical skills and topics.
  • Lessons may be taught discreetly or as a block of lessons – making links with other areas of the curriculum are embraced to provide a more meaningful learning experience
  • All children will get the opportunity to go on various trips to develop local, regional and global geography experiences

This is what you might typically see:

  • Enthusiastic, engaged learners
  • Curious children posing questions for research
  • Children focusing on a range of geographical locations. Recognising the differences between man-made and natural features within the landscape
  • Children developing their map work including understanding the purpose of the map key
  • Children being given the opportunity to learn about different countries in a meaningful context.
  • Themed days to allow children to further develop their knowledge and understanding of different countries and cultures
  • Children sharing their learning with others through displays
  • Planned outings to enable children to develop their fieldwork skills

This is how we know our pupils are doing well:

  • Lessons are planned based on geographical skills which are specific for each year group
  • Marking and feedback by teacher and peers
  • Photographic and video evidence
  • Displays of work with classes and around school, including Open Evening

This is the impact of our teaching:

  • Children who enjoy geography
  • Inquisitive learners
  • Reflective learners
  • Children who are able to demonstrate a variety of geographical skills
  • Children who are prepared to share what they’ve learnt in a variety of ways
  • Children who are able to gain an insight into the world they live in

Geography Progression of Skills & Knowledge

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