Geography at Christ the Sower explores the physical world in which we live, and is designed to cover the National Curriculum objectives for Geography in Key Stage 1 and 2 in a way that supports pupils in developing their Geographical knowledge, which is then demonstrated through a variety of key skills. Our intention at CtS is to ensure our cultural curriculum offers our children the opportunity to learn more about their own lives, cultures and the community and world they live in. We believe children should be able to access a variety of different experiences that promote an appreciation of their geographical location and their social communities in the context of the wider world.
At CtS the teaching of Geography plays an important part in fulfilling our vision to teach children to CARE:
- Make choices and understand how choices can have an impact
- Appreciate our environment and contributions of others and societal differences
- Reflect on what we can learn from geographical changes and natural disasters in order to support the world we live in
- Engage with society and take responsibility for our impact
Geography is taught as a discrete subject, in topics that link to the overall learning of the half term. Each topic begins with finding out what we already know and what the children would like to know, which helps us plan for learning.
Each half-term has a Geography or History focus with each topic consisting of 5 weeks of teaching and learning opportunities. Where possible the teaching of Geography is enriched through exploring links with other areas of the curriculum, such as English, Art, and DT to engage the children in their learning. There is a whole school Curriculum overview that plans the program and sequence of study for Y1 to Y6. Children are taught within their year group and generally as a whole class. When necessary individual or group work might be differentiated so that it is accessible by a range of abilities and different SEN needs as well as challenging those working at a deeper level.
Teachers assess children’s progress in Geography throughout the different topics. Sometimes work in Geography will be used for assessment in other curriculum areas such as Reading, Writing and Maths, for example letters, diary entries and postcards. Equally, work within children’s English books can be used to assess the understanding of the topic through extended pieces of writing and this can demonstrate the key vocabulary being used. Children are assessed through the work in their books, creative work, a range of open and closed questioning, individual and group work, self-assessment and their contributions to lessons.