Geography: Intent, Implementation and Impact
Geography encourages a holistic appreciation of how the world works and of the interconnections between concepts such as scale, community, cultural diversity, interdependence and sustainability. Geography is an area of the curriculum which contextualises and extends the possibilities for developing and applying language and mathematics, and enriches understanding of, and in, subjects from science and history to art and design (Scoffman 2017)
At Park House Primary School, through active engagement in primary geography, children are enabled to learn not only about the world but also how it works, how it fits together and how to make a difference and become positive contributors to it.
We believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. The geography curriculum at Park House Primary School enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can be used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops and understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. Our aim is to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
Geography at Park House is taught within every class’s topic, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each theme and lessons are planned using our whole school Geography Progression of Knowledge and Skills documents.
At the beginning of each topic, a ‘Memorable Experience’ is provided to children which entice, enthuse and immerse children in their learning. Planned opportunities are given to each year group for children to convey what they know already as well as what they would like to investigate and find out. This informs the programme of study and also ensures that lessons are relevant and take account of children’s different starting points. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.
The class teacher records the assessments on the school’s foundation subject assessment sheet at the end of each term. This data is analysed to improve the children’s learning in Geography.
Cross curricular outcomes in geography are specifically planned for and the local area is fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice.
Outcomes in topic books, evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge and skills. Children are able to review their successes in achieving the lesson objectives and are actively encouraged to identify their own areas of development. As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods;
Audit resources and share with staff
Purchase new resources in liaison with staff and link to termly topics
Oversee planning, delivery and assessment of Geography
Keep staff updated and share digital resources to support learning across school. Wherever possible provide CPD raining to staff.