"The curriculum is interesting and varied and motivates pupils to succeed."
At Down Ampney Primary school, we believe that through Geography, our children will learn to become global citizens, who have a solid understanding of the people, places and cultures of the world. Through Geography lessons, external trips and visitors, we inspire our children to explore their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet. Our purpose is to instil an interest, fascination and desire to investigate a variety of human and physical characteristics of different places, both local and afar, through purposeful research and careful questioning.
To be well rounded citizens, we believe children need to understand the differences between places and their cultures and be able to recognise how these change over time.
We provide children with many opportunities to use a range of geographical skills to help them understand, present, analyse and communicate a range of information either collaboratively or as an individual.
As well as our core Geography curriculum, we also spend time developing map skills; from Early Years to Year 6. The use and study of maps is central to geographical learning and understanding: through being able to interpret a range of maps, children develop spatial thinking, and increase their understanding of how places are connected.
What our lessons look like.
Our geographical learning starts in EYFS, where children begin to acquire geographical vocabulary and develop a sense of place. Our Early Years children learn to create and read simple maps of their local environment.
Our curriculum is carefully sequenced to ensure children build on their geographical skills year by year. We focus on both Substantive knowledge: this includes place knowledge, locational knowledge, human, physical and environmental knowledge, and geographical skills and Disciplinary knowledge: to develop the habits of thinking geographically, based on the idea that knowledge is open to debate, challenge and discussion.
Children are encouraged to think like geographers, using open ended “What If” questions and challenges to further their knowledge and understanding of the world. We use vocabulary games and word mats to encourage correct use of terminology and have a clear progression in vocabulary across the school. Children use a range of different types of maps, atlases, globes and real-life photographs to build their knowledge and to create a fuller picture about a place. Fieldwork, exploring the ‘outdoor classroom’, is integral throughout every year group and we encourage children to use all of their senses, describing the features, patterns and processes that make up the environment. Children try to answer questions about location, place and scale through their fieldwork.
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