At Chadsmead Primary Academy, we believe that high quality teaching of geography will inspire the children’s curiosity and fascination about the world in which they live, both locally and globally. It will give them the knowledge of our own city as well as diverse places, different peoples and of natural and man-made environments. Children will be made aware that we must think globally and about the impact we, as humans, have upon our planet and their responsibility towards it.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the school. Geography is taught as part of theme based units of work, focusing on the knowledge and skills stated in the NC.
At Chadsmead, we know that gaining real-life experiences is vitally important. Through the use of our own extensive school grounds, visits within the local community and the City of Lichfield and within Staffordshire itself, the children are able to have the opportunities to undertake field work. Atlases, globes and interactive computer programmes help the children to look further afield at features of the UK, Europe, North and South America, Mexico and the World. Here they learn about similarities and differences between human and physical features of these areas.
Children develop skills required for map reading (from simple maps to Ordnance Survey maps), use of compasses for directional skills, comparing different habitats and recognising the impact of humans on our environment. Global issues that affect us all are also an important part of the curriculum, being discussed and debated within geography lessons and across the curriculum. From Fair Trade and Air Miles through to issues caused by plastic usage with the children able to give their opinions and ideas.
Throughout their time at Chadsmead, knowledge is embedded by recapping past information learnt, prior to introducing and developing new skills that encourage the children to develop their understanding and knowledge of the geographical issues close at home and around the world.
Our Geography Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. Outcomes in theme and writing books, evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge relating to each of the identified national curriculum strands.
As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding an appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
- Pupil discussions about their learning
- Discussions with teaching staff across the school