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Geography

Welcome to the Geography page.

Mr Smith leads Geography throughout school.

‘Since being given Geography subject lead I want the children to know the study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exist across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.’

Mr Smith

Our Geography curriculum …

At Sandylands we aim for high-quality geography education to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination in about Morecambe, the world and its people.

Engage, inspire and challenge children through a sequence of well planned lessons

To develop knowledge and skills from EYFS to year 6 to achieve mastery of the subject

Engage with the Eden project and contribute towards the Morecambe Bay curriculum

Know how geography has shaped the world’s history and will shape the future of the planet

Understand the environmental issues facing our planet and Morecambe Bay highlighting what we can do to make a sustainable, greener planet on a local to global scale.

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Geography curriculum principles practices and guarantee

Geography Learning Pathway

Knowledge

Sequenced opportunity to revisit key geography knowledge…

Substantive  – facts about boundaries (continents, localities, nations), cartography (atlases, directions, distance, Equator, latitude, longitude, North/South Pole, maps, scale, symbols), change (adaptation, sustainability), climate (climate change, climate zones, pollution, weather), interdependence (economy, trade), movement (migration, navigation, transport) , geography (biomes, bodies of water, tectonics, topography), resources (energy, food supply, infrastructure) and settlements (population, rural areas, urban areas).

units

Themes – for example … sustainability, people and places and fieldwork. Themes have been sequenced to deepen knowledge, each year has a unit with a sustainability and fieldwork focus. Year 3 study Italy in preparation for their Roman history theme in year 4, whilst year 6 study the Amazon Rainforest using their prior learning of biomes and vegetation in year 5 and rivers / South America in year 4.

Procedural – development of techniques e.g mapping

Disciplinary – How the children want to develop their ideas and thoughts and starting to make connections about people and places.

Timetabling

Geography is taught for an hour a week and alternates with History under the umbrella of Humanities. Each theme runs for 5-6 weeks and then there are opportunities for fieldwork and essential entitlement woven throughout the year.

Assessment

  • Geography is taught and assessed again the critical content through a series of checkpoints. The children should be able to articulate the geographical knowledge and use technical vocabulary when answering the big question. The subject lead conducts pupil book studies with the children on a timetable to assess standards in their subject and plan for the next steps.

CPD for teachers

 

Mr Smith has used The National college and the Geographical Association  to watch webinars to expand his geographical knowledge and understand how to further support staff in the teaching of geography. He ran training for staff on using the digimap tool recently following some feedback from pupil book studies.

Essential Entitlement

Map Detectives!

Map Detectives!

Starting our Geography unit, it's important that we in Year 1, look at a range of different maps. Where can we find maps? What are they used for? Why are they helpful? Hopefully, these are some of the things we will learn in this unit!

Finding Autumn

Finding Autumn

We went on a walk of our local area looking for signs of Autumn. We each had our own bag to gather any evidence we saw of Autumn. It was lovely to visit our orchard and observe nature.

Features of Morecambe

Features of Morecambe

In Geography, we have been learning all about the local area. This meant we looked at local human and physical features of what Morecambe means to us. We went on a walk of our local area to see what features we could identify from our learning.

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