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Geography equips pupils with a powerful set of tools to understand and change the world and to become well-informed citizens. 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 and develop critical thinking skills so they have the knowledge to create a sustainable future.
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. Our geography curriculum delivers progressive and cumulative knowledge acquisition. Through our spiral curriculum, essential knowledge and skills are revisited with increasing complexity, allowing pupils to revise and build on their previous learning. 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 links to prior learning are shared with children at the beginning of lessons to reinforce previous learning and show how it will be built upon in future lessons. Knowledge content is repeated and revisited 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:
In Key Stage 1, pupils develop knowledge about the world, the U.K. and their locality. They learn the foundations of subject specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography, and begin to use geographical skills, including first hand observation, 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 the seven continents. This includes the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.
Geographical skills and fieldwork are developed throughout the geography curriculum.