At Willow Wood 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 Willow Wood Primary School enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops and understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire in children 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 develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Willow Wood Primary School and also to their further education and beyond.
Geography at Willow Wood Primary School is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each blocked topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. The curriculum is developed to ensure that children are taught a progressive range of skills and knowledge which is built upon to ensure all children have a secure understanding of every geographical topic. 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.
The local area is fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice.
Outcomes in topic books, evidences a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. Children answer a fertile question at the end of each unit of work to demonstrate to their teacher their understanding of the topic. As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding an appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. Geographical understanding, as well as children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is further supported by the school’s links with international partner schools. This aspect of the work of the school is also supported through specific drives which include ‘Culture Week’ in which they learn about another area of the world in detail and is also contributed to by the school community in a celebration of the school’s cultural diversity. Children learn the possibilities for careers in geography, as a result of our participation in the North East LEP Careers pilot, ensuring that children have access to positive role models within the field of geography and culture from the immediate and wider local community.