At Tidemill, we aim to inspire children and foster a curiosity of the world and its people that will remain with them as they develop into lifelong learners. Geography equips pupils with knowledge and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments. By deepening their knowledge about the world, they will understand the interaction between physical and human processes. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
Geography lessons provide rich learning experiences that develop critical thinking skills and geographical knowledge, skills and understanding, ensuring challenge for all. Children have regular opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills through a range of mapping activities, enquiry and research tasks and are encouraged to make comparisons of local and global locations, including defining physical and human characteristics. Children interpret a range of sources of geographical information and are given opportunities to learn how physical and human processes cause change over time. To enrich the geography curriculum, a range of trips and experiences are provided to strengthen geographical knowledge and understanding and inspire a passion for this subject. Throughout lessons, children use a range of resources to collect and analyse geographical information and create their own maps. Regular cross-curricular links are made and opportunities are provided to develop geographical vocabulary, which empowers pupils to communicate their knowledge in a variety of ways. To help embed this geographical knowledge and vocabulary, children apply their understanding during cross-curricular writing opportunities.
Learning in EYFS encourages exploration of the world around us, particularly through the ‘Understanding the World’ area of development. All lessons in KS1 and KS2 follow the knowledge, skills and understanding objectives from the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) to ensure children access a broad and balanced curriculum. By carefully sequencing half-termly topics, meaningful geography lessons are taught to ensure all children have a solid understanding of the world around them and children build on their understanding as they progress through the school. In KS1, there is a focus on developing their knowledge of the local area and, as they progress into KS2, pupils are given opportunities to compare and contrast different localities to understand the more complex interactions between natural and human processes. Regular formative and summative assessment ensures all children make strong progress across the school.