At Bowlee Park, we offer a geography curriculum of breadth and ambition. From EYFS onwards, the geography curriculum enables children to acquire a growing knowledge about the world; to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and to understand the formation and human use of landscapes and environments.
Our geography curriculum is based on key constructs: knowledge, skills, progression and experience. Knowledge, together with skills and opportunities to apply learning, leads to strong progress. It delivers progressive and cumulative knowledge acquisition. Lessons are planned so that there is a carefully sequenced journey through the knowledge and concepts being taught. As a result, our curriculum delivers consistent learning for all children. The objective for each lesson, and its link with prior learning, is shared with children to reinforce previous learning and show children how this will be built upon in future lessons. Knowledge content is repeated and revisited frequently to ensure pupils know more and remember more.
Our curriculum delivers the statutory National Curriculum and provides children with opportunities to expand their knowledge and experience of geography beyond this through:
- assemblies celebrating environmental and ecological events
- trips out of school to support fieldwork
- School eco-council information and activities
- Litter-picking teams in and around school
In Key Stage 1, pupils develop knowledge about the world, the U.K. and their locality. They learn basic subject specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography, and begin to use geographical skills, including first hand observation, drawings and recognising features on maps, as well as fieldwork, to enhance their locational awareness.
In Key Stage 2, pupils extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This includes the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical geography. Pupils develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge of regions studied. Fieldwork is developed by trips locally which demonstrate exceptional examples of human and physical geographical features and map skills develop with greater complexity as pupils advance through the curriculum.