Geography

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Geography Intent Statement 

‘It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.’ Sir David Attenborough

At The John Moore Primary School, we are Geographers! We shape our geography curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Geography; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of geographical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to develop a love for geography.

Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?’ Michael Palin

 

At The John Moore Primary School, we aim for a high quality geography curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. It is vital we promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We also want children to develop 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.

 

‘The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world.’ Barack Obama

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 part of a half-termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. At The John Moore Primary School, we ensure that geography has the same importance given to it as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. For example; using the local area to follow maps in Key Stage 1, to comparing the similarities and differences in environments and communities in Lower Key Stage 2, through to debating world issues in Upper Key Stage 2.

‘Geography is the study of earth as the home of people.’ Yi-Fu Tuan

The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at The John Moore Primary School are equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. We will encourage them to invest in an atlas or a globe to continue feed their interest and learning at home.

We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about geography, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.

Key Documents

Geography National Curriculum Programme of Study 

The John Moore Primary School Geography Curriculum Overview - Reception and Key Stage 1 

The John Moore Primary School Geography Curriculum Overview - Key Stage 2 

Knowledge Organisers (Currently being Developed) 

EYFS  Geography Knowledge Organisers 

Year 1 Geography Knowledge Organisers 

Year 2 Geography Knowledge Organisers 

Year 3 Geography Knowledge Organisers

Year 4 Geography Knowledge Organisers 

Year 5 Geography Knowledge Organisers

Year 6 Geography Knowledge Organisers