At Bader we are passionate about children learning about their immediate surroundings, the broader world and how the environment can affect their lives and determine their future decision-making. Geography informs us about our planet and the world we live in. We want the children at Bader to learn about different places, the continents and countries as well as the oceans, rivers, deserts and mountains on our planet. We envision the study of geography will develop a sense of identity and promote responsible citizenship for our pupils.
We help our children to gain the Geographical skills below:
Curiosity: pupils ask and answer questions about the world, investigating how humans interact with the world around them.
Investigation: pupils will collect and record information from primary and / or secondary sources, analysing data and presenting results appropriately to their intended audience.
Articulate: The ability to reach clear conclusions and explain their findings. Pupils will be able to make reasoned judgements and justifications.
Geography Impact Statement
The Geography curriculum has undergone several changes and these will be implemented across school in September 2020. Our Geography curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression of knowledge and skills across all the year groups. We will measure the impact of our Geography curriculum using the following methods:
- A skills and rationale document has been provided for teachers to ensure that the skills taught are progressive and must be highlighted on planning documents.
Each teacher has the knowledge expectations for the topic(s) they teach and will use this to inform planning.
- The use of knowledge mats that are knowledge specific to help children assess their own learning and be aware of the expectations. Teachers also use these as coverage checkers and aids for planning.
- Assess if children have met or not met the expected knowledge requirements for the topic that is taught. This assessment is passed onto the next year group teacher to inform them of children’s geographical understanding and to plan and differentiate accordingly.
- Interviewing staff and children to gain their views on the teaching and learning of Geography and make appropriate adaptations/changes. Moderations of books are carried out to ensure that the work and marking is to a high standard.
- Stimulating environments that celebrate the knowledge and skills the children have demonstrated throughout the topic they have been studying.
- Interesting and exciting trips, or visitors, related to the current topic to allow children to use and build on the knowledge and skills they have gained and have a ‘hands on’ experience in a different setting or using a range of different resources.