St Cyprians Greek Orthodox Primary Academy – Geography Curriculum Intent
At St Cyprians, we aim for our Geography teaching and learning to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Our curriculum aims to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. We want to encourage pupils to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it.
Pupils will have the opportunity 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.
- Enrich and enhance investigative skills, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills.
- 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.
At St Cyprians Primary Academy, our geography lessons are carefully planned with clear progression across each year and key stage.
Early Years, pupils learn the knowledge and skills through the knowledge of the world.
In years 1 to 6, the knowledge and skills are taught through at least 4 of our half-termly driver questions, with mapping skills weaved throughout. This ensures coverage of all areas of the national curriculum.
Our geography lessons will include:
- Exposure to geography both indoors and outdoors to enrich geographical thinking.
- Carefully planned and resourced trips to enrich and enthuse a love for the topic.
- Hook lessons that embrace the key theme.
- Knowledge organisers for every topic with clear vocabulary, facts and pictures to ensure subject knowledge is developed, this is assessed through quiz style questions.
- Prior learning that is attained and plans are developed from this point.
- Cross curricular outcomes that are specifically planned for, with strong links between geography and History units identified and utilised.
- Use of our local area to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice.
- Use of assessment documents.
At the end of their time at St Cyprians, we would like all pupils to leave with:
- A love for geography and the ability to understand the world in which we live.
- A deep knowledge, understanding and an appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context.
- A continued alignment with the school’s motto of being the best that we can be; we look after our environment and understand the influence of humans upon it and how we can champion positive conservational change.