As the world around us become increasingly connected it is more important then ever that our children develop an understanding of it and are able to apply that understanding to become good citizens. Studying geography not only helps them to understand how the world around them was formed but also the different people and cultures within it. We deliver a curriculum that ignites in them passion for their environment and an empathy for different ways of life. Geography is heavily linked to environmental issues which are becoming ever more relevant in todays society and we equip them to face these challenges.
"Surely we all have a responsibility to care for our planet. The future of humanity and indeed all life on earth now depends on us."
Sir David Attenborough
At Calcot Schools we have designed our Geography curriculum so that we teach a range of geographical knowledge and skills each term by focussing on one country. Clear progression has been built into each of these throughout the whole school. This allows our children to study three countries per year, but to regularly revisit vital concepts and apply them, as advised by the Royal Geographic Society- “Geography skills are inherent in all geography content and so should be practised regularly” (RGS, 2019).
Our curriculum also ensures that the demands of the National Curriculum across Key Stages 1 and 2 are met: reinforcing locational knowledge (and atlas/map skills) at least three times each year; developing place knowledge of a wide range of countries (and comparing them to the UK); and identifying key features of both physical and human geography. In addition, our curriculum allows for a wide range of immersive, cross-curricular teaching.
This approach emphasises three key concepts of Geography, using them as the core for creating a unit of work.
'Space' - the location of points, features or regions in absolute and /or relative terms and the relationships, flows and patterns that connect and / or define them.
'Place' - a construct that is defined in terms of what it is like, what happens there and how and why it is changing
'Scale' - the 'zoom lens' that enables us to view places from global to local levels (GA, 2019)
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