What We Teach
At Cavendish Primary School, we believe that geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum at Cavendish Primary School enables children to develop key knowledge and skills which are used to enable them to become functional citizens of modern Britain.
Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with pupils for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Cavendish Primary School and also to their further education and beyond.
How we teach it
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in geography, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Geography is taught as part of a termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum.
Beginning in Early Years, children discuss their familiar world, such as where they live or the natural world. From Key Stage 1, the Geography curriculum at Cavendish Primary School is designed to build a set of skills. Following this, children in Key Stage 2 will continue to develop this skillset to enable them to access the wider world around them.
We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about their local area and the wider world and its people. We endeavour to promote the children’s interest and understanding of a range of people, places, and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical processes.
The skills we aim to equip our pupils with through our geography curriculum will be transferable to many other parts of the curriculum. The subject leader monitors the teaching and learning in geography throughout the year. This involves looking at the children’s work in books and lessons, the planning, staff and pupil voice.
Through our geography curriculum children will:
- Acquire and effectively use new vocabulary.
- Build skills that enable them to collect, analyse and interpret a range of data gathered from fieldwork.
- Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs.
- Develop research, interpretation and presentation skills which can then be disseminated using ICT and Art and Design mediums.