Our Curriculum seeks to inspire and motivate a generation of Geographers. Geography is important in our school as it provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved. By introducing our pupils, including those with SEND or vulnerable, to different aspects of the world, we stimulate their curiosity and imagination and enable them to better understand its people, places and environments; the interactions between them; the human and physical geography of their local area, the United Kingdom, Europe and the Wider World.
Geography at Dovedale has been specifically designed for our pupils and carefully mapped out to ensure the building blocks of knowledge and skills are built upon as each child progresses through their learning journey. We want our pupils to gain confidence and experiences of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills through specifically planned learning opportunities and fieldwork. This will enable pupils to have transferable skills across other subject disciplines, without impacting on the collection of specific geographical knowledge and skills, ensuring that pupils retain knowledge that will readily prepare them for secondary school. They are encouraged to immerse themselves in a variety of learning opportunities to secure their knowledge of places, processes and geographical skills.
Our progressive units of work are designed to be modified for our pupils and their experiences. Staff continually review and adapt learning to meet our pupil’s needs. Fieldwork is incorporated into the units of work to actively engage children in their learning.
Our progressive skills are used to plan and teach, ensuring that our pupils are accessing work at age-related expectations, with regular opportunities to be challenged.
At Key Stage 1, our pupils develop knowledge about their own locality, the United Kingdom and the World. They can understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.
At Key Stage 2, our pupils extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area. This includes the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. Our pupils develop their use of geographical vocabulary, knowledge, understanding and skills to enrich their locational and place knowledge.
Our formative assessment is used to record pupils’ understanding of an objective and helps to plan for opportunities to learn more and remember more. Each Geography unit will include a pre-assessment which reviews objectives from previous learning. This is to ensure a clear progression in knowledge, skills and understanding. Each unit will include opportunities for: creating fieldwork; using maps and GIS software; completing extended writing tasks; data interpretation and management. This will ensure pupils have the opportunity to showcase their cross-curricular skills, whilst ensuring they are developing knowledge of the Geography curriculum.
Leaders conduct book monitoring, learning walks and pupil voice to establish the impact. Our curriculum content is reviewed at the end of each topic.