Geography teaching at River View Primary School enables children to understand their world locally to globally, make wise decisions about their responsibility for the planet and its resources and become critical thinkers and responsible citizens. We develop children’s natural excitement and inspire them to take action to protect our wonderful world.
At River View we maximise learning experiences that are right on our doorstep, we value our local area and see it as an excellent opportunity to develop belonging and understanding of the wider world. Our local area is a resource we use to deepen understanding of where we live, how our local area has been shaped by nature, and how the river Irwell dominates our landscape. In each geography unit there is a planned opportunity to take learning out of the classroom.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage children learn Geography through ‘Understanding of the World’. Children are supported to notice and talk about features of the environment around them. They explore the local environment to look for key features such as houses, fields and roads. Children compare where Salford and London are on a map and use technology to see our school and houses. We investigate the key features of a small African village so that we can discuss the similarities and differences between the features of each area. Children also learn how humans impact the environment by littering and dumping waste. They help the local community by collecting litter and learn about ways to reduce waste and recycle different materials. Investigating human and physical geographical features through exploration, play and technology, gives real meaning to geographic vocabulary and concepts that children learn more about in Year one.
The learning opportunities in each year group have been carefully considered to ensure that teaching is progressive and that prior learning is built upon. The curriculum provides opportunities for children to:
Learn about their local area, Great Britain and the wider world
Participate in fieldwork activities which promote geographical knowledge and understanding
Develop investigative and enquiry based learning
Use geographical vocabulary which is appropriate and accurate and which develops from EYFS to KS1 and through to KS2
Collect, analyse and present a range of data
Use and interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs
Participate in activities which promote a greater understanding of their place in the world, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment
Develop children’s geography learning through providing them with a range of rich, memorable experiences. These include: field trips to local parks and country parks, the river and the flood basin
Knowledge organisers set out the knowledge and skills that pupils will gain in each area, as well detailing prior learning, key vocabulary and clear end points. Knowledge organisers are used to clarify technical terms and check children’s understanding regularly; they are used by children as a working document and sent home to support parental engagement.
Geography is taught across two blocks during each year. Careful consideration has been given to the organisation of the curriculum to ensure that it is studied in depth and that natural links across other curriculum areas are exploited.
The geography curriculum at River View is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
Low stake quizzes
Responses to questions
Discussions with children
Oral responses and observations by the teacher within class
The development of curiosity and excitement for the world around them
Children can confidently report and explain outcomes both written and orally
Children are prepared for Geography in the next stage of their education and able to understand the world around them