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At Emley First School our aim is to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Geography and to develop a love for the subject; providing a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of geographical concepts, knowledge and skills. We aspire for all children to leave Emley First School with a sound understanding of diverse places, know the location of major countries and cities and recognise similarities and differences between the UK and those countries.

Across the school the children benefit from cross curricular activities linking their learning in Geography to other areas of learning. Many areas of the Geography curriculum are undertaken in outdoor learning, using practical activities to develop their understanding. Through our teaching of Geography, we aim to:

  • Stimulate the pupils’ interest in and curiosity about their surroundings
  • Create and foster a sense of wonder about the world
  • Inspire a sense of responsibility for the environments and people of the world we live in
  • Develop pupils’ competence in specific geographical skills
  • Increase the pupils’ knowledge and awareness of the world
  • Help pupils acquire and develop the skills and confidence to undertake investigation, problem solving and decision making.

At the end of each year, pupils will have gained a deepening understanding of core geographical skills. We evidence this through:

Pupil Voice: Through discussion and feedback, children talk enthusiastically about their geography lessons and show a genuine curiosity and interest in the areas they have explored.

Evidence in Knowledge: Pupils have a sound understanding of location and place and are able to compare and make links between these. They will deepen their knowledge of human and physical processes and understand how these effect environments.

Evidence in Skills: Pupils use acquired vocabulary to interpret and convey their understanding of the world. They can analyse and interpret information in order to question and reflect on the world.

Breadth and Depth: Teachers plan opportunities for pupils to study across concepts and deepen their conceptual understanding in aspects of particular geographical value. Pupils have the confidence and are inspired to further their knowledge.

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