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At Emmaus, our Geography curriculum aims to inspire pupils’ curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about: diverse places and people; resources in the environment; human and physical processes; and formation and use of landscapes. In addition, we aim to develop children’s geographical skills such as: collecting and analysing data; using maps, globes and digital mapping to name and identify countries, continents and oceans; and communicating information in a variety of ways. Through our teaching, we want children to enjoy learning about geography. The enjoyment of the subject will be delivered via experiences in the classroom and out of the classroom, such as fieldwork and educational visits.
The geography curriculum at Emmaus enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world as well as their place in it. Geography is an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Emmaus and beyond.
Our long term planning throughout the school ensures coverage of the National Geography curriculum. Geography at Emmaus is taught in ‘topics’ throughout the year. The subject is taught over three half terms per year, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum.
At Emmaus, we have identified the key knowledge and skills of each blocked topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. Pupils are encouraged to develop geographical skills in lessons and are challenged by a curriculum, which allows a local and global understanding of our lives and the processes within it. At Emmaus, we have high expectations of pupils and therefore, pupils are regularly assessed during lessons and following a unit of work.
The vast majority of geography topics are taught discretely but teachers make meaningful links across subjects, when possible. Cross curricular outcomes in geography are specifically planned for, with links between geography and English lessons, for example, are identified, planned for and utilised.
In Geography lessons, all pupils will have consistent access to high quality, safe and broad lessons, which develop their knowledge, skills and experiences of Geography. Children will also be encouraged to develop an interest in our world via the means of fieldwork and interesting activities.
The children’s knowledge and understanding are assessed against the 2014 National Curriculum statements for Geography. This is both ongoing, to inform future planning, and summative to share with staff, leaders and parents. This ensures lessons are well matched to the needs of the children, and by the end of each key stage, content within the National Curriculum is covered to prepare pupils for the next phase. It is our aim at Emmaus that all children make good progress and achieve the end of key stage expectations in Geography.