Geography at Wallace Fields Junior School
The intent of the geography curriculum is that our children will have a deep understanding of their local environment and the diverse surroundings in the wider world, with appreciation to human and physical characteristics.
Throughout human history, most societies have sought to understand something about their place in the world, and the people and environments around them. At Wallace Fields Junior School, our intent is for geography to inspire pupils’ curiosity and fascination about the world around them and its diversity.
In Geography, we have also noticed at Wallace Fields when speaking to the children a desire to learn more about events which are affecting our Planet. These include natural disasters and in particular the issue of Climate Change. Throughout the year we will be integrating the issue of Climate Change throughout our lessons and promoting an understanding of how we can tackle issues which are affecting our planet.
We develop the children’s knowledge, understanding and skills of geography by:
- Embracing the children’s curiosity by encouraging them to generate questions, which they can reflect on throughout the topic.
- Helping the children develop their own sense of perspective of the world around them.
- Enhancing the children’s understanding of how the world has grown and changed over time, the diversity of people’s lives and the possibility for us to live sustainability for the future.
- Developing the children’s location knowledge of continents, oceans, counties and cities.
- Learning about the Earth’s key physical and human characteristics.
- Focusing on the progression of geographical skills and providing the children with cross-curricular learning opportunities.
- Utilising the use of technology in our lessons to create a multi-sensory learning experience.
- Providing the children with trips and visits to explore fieldwork opportunities and reinforce their learning experience.
The Geography programme of study provided by the National Curriculum has been broken down to ensure both progression and coverage across Key Stage 2 (informed by the progression from KS1).The subject leader, will oversee the coverage of skills of geography across school as well as monitor, evaluate and review the teaching and learning. Each theme will be taught explicitly through exciting topics, including links to other areas of the curriculum.
The progression of skills is set out in order to build and develop the following:
- Location and place knowledge
- Human and physical geography
In response to a pupil voice interview
- 99% of children either ‘really enjoyed’ or ‘enjoyed’ their geography lessons.
- 100% of children agreed that geography provided them with a better understanding of the world around them.
- 64.7% believed they are sometimes encouraged to challenge themselves within their geography lessons with a further 35.3% who feel they are encouraged to challenge themselves.
Children’s favourite part of learning geography included:
- Learning about the world around them.
- Knowing where all of the places are in the world.
- Learning about countries around the world.
- Using the compass and looking on Google Earth.
- Fieldwork and trips.
To improve geography, children believed that:
- We could have more school trips.
- Investigate the less well-known countries instead of the popular ones.
- To do more activities.
- Learn geography more frequently
- Learning more about different countries, their location, their capital and their cultures.
- More of a focus on nature.
When asked to describe geography in one word, the children generated the following
From the observation of lessons and book looks within different year groups, the teaching was of a very high standard and there was evidence of challenge opportunities and the exploration of geographical skills and knowledge.
All teachers have worked hard to deliver inclusive, fun, engaging and inspirational geography lessons to all pupils.
How do we teach geography for those with Special Educational Needs?
We teach geography to all children, whatever their ability. Geography forms part of the school curriculum policy to provide a broad and balanced education for all children. We provide learning opportunities that are matched to the needs of children with learning difficulties and take into account any arrangements from their SEND support plans to allow children to learn key geographical knowledge and skills.
Wherever possible, our geography curriculum is enhanced by trips and visitors as these bring the curriculum to life for our children. Fieldwork is a vital part of our geography learning.
- Year 3: Exploring the local area and our school environment.
- Year 4: A cultural awareness day of the developing world.
- Year 5: The Hogsmill River trip and Isle of Wight residential to compare settlements.
- Year 6: Visit to France.
(Please note there may be changes this year due to the current Covid regulations)
For further details on the teaching of Geography across the schoo, please view our progression map.
Geography progression map
Geography curriculum photos
To find out more about the national curriculum for Geography in Key Stage 2 that the school is following click here.