Geography

" The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" - Laozi

 

Geography at Linthorpe teaches pupils the knowledge, skills and vocabulary to make sense of and describe their world.  Our curriculum is designed to have a balance of core knowledge (facts, location, names, vocabulary) and a sense of place (senses, emotions, values, opinions) in order to develop knowledge and understanding of real places as well as how people affect the environment and are influenced by it.

Our curriculum builds on the Knowledge and Understanding of the world our children develop across EYFS and is centred around the big ideas of: climate, diversity, population, vegetation, sustainability, trade and environment.

By the end of KS2 pupils will have experienced a depth of learning in:

  •   Locational knowledge
  •   Place knowledge
  •   Human and physical geography
  •   Geographical skills and fieldwork

Fieldwork visits have been chosen which offer rich learning opportunities and bring Geography to life.

All of the National Curriculum is taught but via an enriched National Curriculum+ offer and ‘50 things’, we ensure that children have as many opportunities to make meaningful links to real life contexts and experiences.

How does Geography link to our school vision?

At Linthorpe Community Primary School, we believe that everyone is equal, everyone is different, everyone is welcome and everyone achieves their best:   

  •          learning about a range of different cultures and tradition.
  •          learning tolerance and understanding of other people and environments.

 

Knowledge

At Linthorpe, we believe that knowledge is the essential foundation needed for learning, and for skills to be built upon. Each Geography topic has a set of 'Knowledge Organisers’, which contain the basic subject knowledge that our pupils will acquire over the course of the topic.

Our pupils are taught using these organisers and they are referenced in every lesson. To ensure that children retain this knowledge and vocabulary, elements are revisited as part of a memory cycle.

Assessment

In Geography assessment is continuous. From the beginning of every lesson, teachers assess what their pupils understand and use this to scaffold each segment of the lesson. Assessments in the form of multiple-choice quizzes also take place at the end of each topic to monitor children’s knowledge and understanding of concepts taught. The quizzes contain both fact retrieval and application questions to ensure understanding is assessed and are repeated termly to ensure children are retaining previous knowledge. In addition, pupils complete an extended piece of writing based on a probing style essay question where they use their knowledge, understanding and higher order thinking skills to apply, analyse, evaluate and create. 

 

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