Hello, my name is Mrs Cooling and I am the geography coordinator at Bleak Hill Primary School.
Geography is a valued part of the curriculum, providing a purposeful means for exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved. Geography is concerned with pupils learning about their own locality, whilst becoming aware of and developing knowledge and understanding of the world beyond their own environment. It encourages children to learn through experience, particularly through practical and fieldwork activities. At Bleak Hill Primary School, we believe it is important to build a geographical curriculum that endorses the importance for outdoor learning to build a curiosity and love of Geography.
The strands in Geography are:
- Locational knowledge
- Place knowledge
- Human and physical geography
- Geographical skills and fieldwork
Please take a look at out vision, intent, implementation & impact. You will also find documents relating to our curriculum below!
At Bleak Hill, we aim to inspire and ignite our pupil’s curiosity about the world they live in, how it has been formed and how is it constantly changing over time.
We want to inspire children to be lifelong learners who seek opportunities to explore the wider world that we live in.
The intention of our Geography curriculum is to increase children’s awareness, knowledge and understanding of other places and cultures.
- Transform knowledge of everyday matters into meaningful geographical activities.
- Develop children’s graphic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps and atlases.
- Make pupils aware of environmental issues at local, regional and global levels.
- Help children to make informed decisions about how to live their lives now and in the future including how to understand and commit to sustainable development.- Develop a variety of skills including those in relation to problem-solving, computing and presenting conclusions in the most appropriate way.
Following the National Curriculum as a basis, teaching all statutory content, with a half term dedicated to Geography teaching every term (3 half terms per year group).
With a focus on location, place and where the children fit into the physical world in EYFS & KS1, prior to building ideas about the influence of people and the changing world through KS2.
World’s locational knowledge is taught throughout the school with progression through year groups. Consistent use of place through the school.Knowledge and skills carefully considered across topics to build on previous topics and transferable concepts.
Retrieval based learning techniques for every lesson in the sequence (at least 2 formally evidenced per topic)
Evaluations for each lesson to provide formative assessment
Exit tasks to gain a summative judgment.
We have created bespoke Knoweldge Organisers to match with our Bleak Hill curriculum. The children refer back to these within lessons to embed knowledge and can use them to support and enhance their understanding within lessons.