What our curriculum looks like:
Our geography curriculum is ambitious, and this starts right from Nursery. Using the content from the National Curriculum and the Early Years Framework we have carefully sequenced our geography curriculum so children learn in a logical step by step manner.
In geography we have three big ideas (macro concepts) and our curriculum is sequenced so children’s schemata grows through the connection of new knowledge with previous knowledge.
We have carefully mapped our curriculum, carefully considering some of the following:
- How is locational and place knowledge developed?
- How are physical and human processes developed?
- Is the curriculum planned in accessible step-by-step manner so children can build on previous learning?
- Are we enabling children to remember what is most important?
- How does our EYFS learning set the foundation for geography?
- Is fieldwork intertwined meaningfully throughout the curriculum?
Click here for our Geography curriculum overview
This is underpinned by a medium-term plan which set out the core knowledge and skills children will be learning in their learning.
Each unit of learning begins with a ‘thinking square’, which assesses the existing knowledge and misconceptions children may have against the core knowledge they need to learn. This then supports and informs the teaching of that unit. At the end of each unit, children will revisit this thinking square to build on existing knowledge and apply what they have learnt. Additionally, children will complete a ‘conceptual’ question which challenges them to apply their new learning in a more open geographical context – this supports children to retain what they have learnt.