Our Geography curriculum is taught through a thematic/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 skills through which the 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, ambitious, meets the needs of individual learners and can be easily adapted for pupils with additional needs.
Geography is not taught discreetly, but is fully embedded across the whole curriculum. To provide all of our pupils with the skills required for life in the 21st Century, our Geography curriculum is rich and varied to promote engagement.
The Accelerated Learning Cycle, based on the work of Alastair Smith, is applied in all lessons. It stems from the idea of a supportive and challenging learning environment. The cycle has active engagement through multi-sensory learning and encourages the understanding and demonstration of new learning in a variety of ways. This ensures we can meet the needs of all pupils in the lesson.
A gather, skills, apply approach to the planning and delivery of lessons is taken across school to ensure our pupils develop a deep understanding of specific skills and are able to apply these in a range of situations.
Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each lesson. It judges progress and enables teachers to make flexible adaptations to their planned teaching. Through this regular ongoing assessment, tasks are matched to the ability of each child through differentiated activities, adult support, questioning, and challenges.
INCERTS is used as a summative assessment to assess foundation subjects. The knowledge and skills based curriculum is regularly highlighted to identify any gaps or misconceptions to be addressed or passed onto the following teachers.