At Bethersden Primary School, we aim to deliver the Geography curriculum in a cross-curricular form, through our Wider Learning sessions. Our aim is to inspire children’s curiosity about the world, provoking thought and questions as they learn about their own locality to far reaching areas. This will allow them to draw parallels with their own lives and those of others. Children will explore how the world has changed over time and their role in maintaining its future, alongside learning valuable geographical skills, which will be applicable in their wider lives.
Through the framework of the 2014 National Curriculum, geography taught at Bethersden Primary School, aims to ensure that all children:
- develop age-appropriate, accurate knowledge of the location, physical and human characteristics of a wide range of globally significant places including terrestrial and marine locations
- to use this knowledge to provide a geographical context to study and understand the actions of important geographical processes
- understand that these processes give rise to the key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about variation and change to the geographical landscape
- to be able to use geographical vocabulary which is appropriate and accurate and which develops and evolves from EYFS to KS1 and through to KS2
- collect, analyse and present a range of data, gathered through experiences of fieldwork, to deepen understanding of geographical processes
- use and interpret a wide range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs
- develop skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) (software and interactive resources) which allow for digital mapping, analysis of data and data models
- are able to communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length
- to fulfil the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum for Geography
- to promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development helping them to have a greater understanding of their place in the world, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment
Within geography, we strive to create a supportive and collaborative ethos for learning by providing investigative and enquiry based learning opportunities. Emphasis is placed on investigative learning opportunities to help children gain a coherent knowledge of understanding of each unit of work covered throughout the school. Children will deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and how this affects landscapes and environments.