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Geography Curriculum Milefield Primary school

Our approach to the Geography curriculum is through a topic based approach, underpinned by the HCAT accelerated learning approach to teaching and learning.

The key concepts, principles and themes have been developed from the National Curriculum into a range of progressive knowledge and skills through which our pupils are helped to grow and develop to succeed in 21st century Britain. This knowledge and skills based curriculum allows a creative way of teaching and learning, enabling us to move away from discrete lessons into a more meaningful, engaging, topic based approach.

The Geography curriculum we offer is designed to meet the needs of all our pupils. It is rich, varied, imaginative and ambitious and meets the needs of individual learners and can easily be adapted for pupils with additional needs.

Our Geography curriculum identifies the substantive knowledge that is to be learned, which thoughtfully considers the 4 interrelated forms: locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical process and geographical skills. In addition to this, our children will learn the disciplinary knowledge required to consider how geographical knowledge originates and is revised. It is through disciplinary knowledge that pupils learn the practices of geographers.

"I am loving this topic on Langsett Reservior and it was fantastic we got to go there and explore ourselves," Year 5 pupil

A gather, skills, apply approach to planning and delivery of lessons is taken across school to ensure children develop a deep understanding of specific skills and are able to apply these in a range of situations. This ensures that children are equipped with the necessary skills to acquire knowledge in different areas, whether this be: Local Geography, Field Work or Human & Physical Features.

Knowing More Remembering More

Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each lesson. This allows teachers to judge progress and make flexible adaptions to their planned teaching. Ongoing formative assessment ensures that skills are secured before progressing onto the next step.

Through this regular ongoing assessment, tasks are matched to the ability of each child through differentiated activities, adult support, providing a level of challenge that is stimulating for pupils and questioning skills.