At Shakespeare Primary School we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. We pride ourselves on our creative learning environment and classroom displays.
Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum at Shakespeare enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can be, and are, used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We intend to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them 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 Shakespeare and also to their further education and beyond.
Geography at Shakespeare is taught throughout a term in year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills they will be teaching within their year group and consideration has been given to ensure progression is achieved across topics throughout each year group across the school. At the beginning of each area of Geography that is covered, children are given the opportunity to convey what they know already as well as what they would like to find out. This informs the programme of study and also ensures that lessons are relevant and take account of children’s different starting points. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.
Cross curricular outcomes in Geography are considered during the planning stage and utilised in other subjects. The local area is fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice.
The impact the teaching has on pupils at Shakespeare should see children making clear progression and sustained learning with transferable skills. Outcomes in topic and literacy books, evidence a broad and balanced Geography curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. Children are given the opportunity to review their successes in achieving the lesson objectives as part of plenaries in order to help identify personal targets. As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. Educational visits provide further relevant and contextual learning.