“The study of Geography is about more than just memorising a place on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating diversity of cultures that exist across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all the knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.”
Intent of our Geography Provision
Whitehouse has children from over 24 countries from a range of cultures and backgrounds who speak a variety of languages. We believe that an increased geographical awareness not only helps our children understand the world around them but to understand one another which is vital in creating the positive and inclusive atmosphere we have at our school.
At Whitehouse Community Primary School, we aim to provide stimulating, exciting and creative geographical learning experiences. Our spiral enquiry approach aims to develop a range of geographical skills and knowledge year on year. The spiral curriculum aims to revisit key skills and knowledge, deepening the children’s understanding as they progress through the school. Our Geography curriculum is designed to build our children’s understanding through a range of learning opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, whilst also developing their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. Our Geography curriculum aims to cover a wide range of Geographical skills and knowledge. This includes studies of places, cultures and environments, both in Britain and the wider world. We will teach geographical processes and vocabulary and plan for opportunities for fieldwork experiences and practical investigations. Children will learn to apply questioning skills, express well-balanced opinions and explain their findings through clear conclusions. We plan to include current issues affecting society and the environment; and through high quality teaching, we aim to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Implementation of our Geography Provision
Our Geography curriculum is taught using carefully chosen half termly enquiry themes and focusses on the progression of knowledge, vocabulary and skills year on year. In every year group, a range of carefully written targets guide teachers to plan and assess children’s Geography learning. These targets may be taught through discrete geography lessons or within other curriculum subjects such as writing projects in English or geography themed guided reading texts. All geography lessons are scaffolded using our three-step learning objectives and gold challenges. Geography targets are displayed on the learning objective so children are aware of the skills they are developing. All children have a purple learning journal which is used to record enquiry based lessons, although geography skills will also be evidenced with English writing and guided reading books. In Key Stage 1, children will develop basic knowledge about the world, focussing mainly on the United Kingdom and their locality. The children are introduced to basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and will begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation to enhance their understanding of their local environment. In Key Stage 2, children will revisit and extend their vocabulary and broaden their knowledge beyond their locality to the wider world, including Europe and North and South America. The children’s map work skills will be developed and refined. As children progress through the school, they are encouraged to develop an informed concern about the quality of the environment and the future of the human habitat. Learning walls are used in every classroom to display key vocabulary and visual prompts to support and engage children with their learning theme. Teachers plan educational visits, fieldwork activities, guest speaker workshops and parental engagement sessions to support and enrich the learning of geography within their year group.
Impact of our Geography Provision