It is our intent that the Geography curriculum at Sandbach Primary Academy should inspire and enthuse our pupils by encouraging them to be curious and fascinated learners about the ever-changing and diverse world around them and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
As pupils progress through the curriculum, they will be equipped with key knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between human and physical processes, and the formation and use of landscapes and environments. They will understand and explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. The children will understand their place in the world, beginning with their locality and extending this to the rest of the world.
The pupils will have a range of fieldwork opportunities both in their local area and beyond to spark their enthusiasm and to allow them to apply their geographical language, knowledge and skills.
The structure of our curriculum aims to equip pupils with the relative knowledge and skills outlined in the National Curriculum. The lessons are taught through creative and stimulating sessions which provide opportunities to bridge back and activate prior learning from previous lessons and previous years to ensure their knowledge is secure, deepened and retained.
Our curriculum is designed to:
- Be taught as a subject not as a ‘topic’, in order to ensure that our children understand what geography is and can therefore self-regulate their knowledge and progress in this subject.
- Encourage our children to work as geographers, exposing them to a variety of primary and secondary resources, some of which may include: OS maps, Geographical information systems (Google Earth), photographs, atlases, digital/computer mapping.
- To use fieldwork where there is relevance to their unit of learning. This enables children to have an understanding of their place in the world and be secure with their own locality, progressing to the wider world.
- To make links and comparisons with areas both in the UK and around the world through various case studies.
- Make explicit links where relevant, in other curriculum subjects, to develop depth of understanding.
- Encourage our pupils to use key geographical vocabulary. Teachers bridge back to previous vocabulary taught.