Geography

Subject Leads: Miss J Swindells & Mrs Wood (Strategic Lead)

In our Geography curriculum, we want to instill a love of learning of Geography into our children. Furthermore, we want our children to develop key geographical skills and develop their vocabulary, where they are able to apply this learning into a variety of contexts, allowing children to make a positive contribution into society.

At Whitby Heath, we follow the scheme ‘Rising Stars’ progressive Geography scheme, to help deliver lessons to the children. These lessons have been adapted, as well as resources created, by class teachers to ensure that all children are able to access the curriculum, to all, including those with SEND.

At Whitby Heath, teachers use Quality First Teaching to allow children to gain Geography knowledge, develop their geographical skills and their vocabulary. We aim for children to develop their substantive knowledge (relating to locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills including fieldwork[1]) and disciplinary knowledge (how geographers interact with these ideas). Furthermore, our curriculum fulfils the ‘big ideas of geography’, to ensure that children are developing their knowledge and skills over time. This allows children to gain an understanding of the past, present and future of geography of the natural/physical world. This allows them to see themselves as part of a bigger geography picture in the world, in particular challenges that face the environment and challenges in society.

[1] Department for Education- Geography Programme of Study; Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

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