Curriculum Statement – Geography
In Geography we follow the National Curriculum enhancing and tailoring it to meet the needs of our community and pupils.
At Rivington Primary School we feel that a knowledge and understanding of places and environments is an important part of a child’s learning journey. Through their work in Geography, children learn about their local surroundings and compare their life in this area with that of other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. They learn how to use, draw and interpret maps and they develop the skills of enquiry, research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving, discovering how to present their conclusions in the most appropriate way. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures and, in so doing, learn a respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multicultural country.
Through their cross curricular topic work, children develop an understanding of environmental problems at a local, regional and global level and are motivated to find out about the physical world; this enables them to recognize the importance of sustainable development for the future and appreciate what global citizenship means.
Geography provides links to British Values; Democracy, Individual Liberty, Rule of Law, Mutual Respect and Tolerance. Where possible our Geography curriculum will be linked to our school values: Respect, Protect, Give Thanks, Keep Peace.
Our curriculum is designed to promote 4 core elements; communication, aspiration, reflection, enriching experiences (CARE) as well as well-being and our core values.
At Rivington, Geography is taught as a discrete subject as well as through cross curricular topics and is a driver for some of these topics. Geography is taught as part of our broad curriculum and our teaching methods are outlined in the teaching and learning policy. Topics are sometimes cross curricular but these links are not forced. However, we believe that making natural links between subjects enables more time for in depth study and for children to transfer their skills.
It is important, however, that the key skills for Geography are identified and taught directly and these can be found in our long term plans.
In any written work children should be encouraged to maintain the standard of work required in literacy lessons and grammar, spelling and punctuation should be corrected in line with the marking policy.
Children’s learning will be informally assessed through questioning, work in books and observations and recorded on a ‘No Marking’ sheet at the end of each lesson. This will inform next steps in the sequence of lessons.
Through the use of pre and post learning tasks, children will record what they have learned at the end of each topic in relation to their starting point.
At the end of each topic, children will be assessed against age related expectations.
By the end of their time at Rivington Primary School, children will have developed the geographical knowledge and skills to help them explore, navigate and understand the world around them and their place in it. Children’s knowledge and skills will develop progressively as they move through the school, not only to enable them to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum but to prepare them to become competent geographers in secondary education.
Equality and SEN Statement
At Rivington Primary School we aim to provide equality of opportunity for all children whatever their age, ability, gender, race, religion or background. We aim to create an environment that values each pupil and enables them to achieve their full potential. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum appropriately differentiated to respond to pupils’ diverse learning needs. The opportunities and experiences we provide enable our pupils to participate fully and give their best across all aspects of school life. We place great value on the quality of relationships within our school community and celebrate the achievements of all pupils.
We appreciate that children may have special educational needs throughout, or at any time during their school career. At Rivington Primary School we aim to facilitate the full inclusion of pupils with special educational needs.
In Geography it is important to consider the stories of groups that have perhaps been under represented in the past and to include a wide range of role models. The subject can also be used to promote discussion of inequalities and fairness around the world.