Aims and Intention of Geography

‘Geography brings the world down to earth’

The national Curriculum for Geography aims to ensure all pupils:

  • are equip with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with an understanding of the earths key physical and human processes.
  • are inspired to be curious and fascinated about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

It is our Intent at Valley End Infant School that all children have an awareness of the world around them and they know where they fit into it.

Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds.

It encourages them to discover people and places beyond their own experiences. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps and a range of investigative problems both inside and outside the classroom.

The implementation of Geography and how it is taught

For Key stage 1 the National Curriculum states pupils should be taught to:

  • develop their geographical skills enquiry, together with their knowledge and understanding of places and the people who live there.
  • study locations close to home as well as further afield. (locational and place knowledge)
  • begin to understand patterns and processes (such a seasonal changes and how human and physical features affect places)

At Valley End Infant School the Geography curriculum is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught and towards clear end points.

To implement the Geography curriculum across the school , the content offered is most useful, taught in a logical progression, systematically and explicitly enough for all pupils to acquire the intended knowledge and skills.

We aim to enable pupils to understand key concepts, present information and encourage discussion.

We aim to give pupils knowledge and the cultural capital they need to succeed in life.

As well as using a wealth of resources in the classroom, children experience the wider world first hand on trips.

Our Geography curriculum is further enriched in the following ways: School trips to historical places, museum visitors, visiting speakers, themed days and first hand artefacts.

The Impact of Geography and how it prepares children for the next steps in their learning

It is our expectation that our children at Valley End Infant School achieve age related expectations in Geography by the end of their cohort year, and that they learn and build on the knowledge they have learnt.

From Early Years, under the umbrella of understanding the world, pupils build on previous knowledge in Key Stage 1.

The aim is to embed key concepts in their long term memory and apply them fluently.

Above all we hope the impact of the Geography curriculum will inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world we live in and it’s people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.