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Branston Church of England Infant Academy

'The Best We Can Be'

Geography

At Branston Church of England Infant Academy, we shape our Geography curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Geography; ensuring the progressive development of geographical concepts, knowledge and skills. 

National Curriculum Objectives for Key Stage 1 Geography

                           Geography                   

Geography is essentially about understanding the world around us. It is the study of the land, features and the people who inhabit it. Through studying Geography we seek to understand where things are found, why they are there and how they develop and change over time.

 

Intent 

Our intent, when teaching Geography, is to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and people within it. At Branston Church of England Infant Academy our Geography curriculum is designed to develop our school values of Love, Kindness, Honesty, Forgiveness, Perseverance and Respect. 

 

Within our Geography curriculum:

  • We introduce children to key geographical concepts, skills and subject-specific vocabulary giving them opportunities to develop their full potential through different types of thinking, learning and exploring and to become confident young geographers.  
  • The village of Branston and its community play a big role in the education of our children. Children learn what it means to participate and be a part of community life. Children care for the local school environment, encouraging them to think about their own values and proving opportunities for excising responsibility and personal choice. 
  • There are clear links between different aspects of learning which are discussed with the children in order to bring the different strands of their learning together. Children understand the purpose of their learning and related activities; seeing the value of what they are learning and its relevance to their lives and to the lives of others, present and future. Children respect the world, different cultures and have a better understanding of how people live in different locations.  
  • We create life-long independent, thinkers and learners who combine curiosity, knowledge and skills, equipping them for KS2 and to become respectful citizens of the world, making their best contributions to the community and society. 

Implementation 

We ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Geography, by implementing a curriculum that is progressive. This starts in EYFS, using the guidance from 'Development Matters', which aims for all children in Reception to have an 'Understanding of the World'.

Led by the interests of the children they are encouraged to share their experiences, observations and develop skills of investigation by asking and answering questions, in turn igniting their love of Geography and a curiosity to want to find out more about the world in which they live. 

With a number of Geography led topics throughout the year, the adventure continues in Key Stage One, the starting point of their Geography journey is our school itself! The children learn about the local environment in which they live, finding out what makes it special and unique. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. 

Travelling far and wide across the seven continents of the world, sailing its five oceans, children discover hot and cold areas in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles. They study the human and physical features of different countries as well as learning how to draw and interpret maps, developing skills in research and observation. 

We want to encourage our children to explore as much of our wonderful world as they possibly can. Geography is an investigative subject and whenever possible, we allow the children to gain knowledge and skills through first hand experiences. 

Impact

As Geographers, the vast majority of pupils have learnt key skills and can apply their knowledge and skills to other areas. 

Some pupils have a greater depth of understanding.

Pupils at Branston Infant C of E Academy will have a better understanding of the world around them. 

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