At Adderley, the Geography curriculum aims to inspire pupils’ curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. The curriculum will ensure that children have a greater understanding about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world helps them to think about the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes.
The curriculum allows children to draw and interpret maps and develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. Geography teaching also motivates children to find out about the physical world and enables them to recognise the importance of sustainable development for the future of mankind. From these experiences, pupils will gain a sense of identity and an increased understanding of their own position in their community and world. This will develop all pupils into active citizens in Modern Democratic Britain.
Children should become increasingly proficient in geographical enquiry as they develop skills and thinking. They will develop their ability to use evidence to reach and communicate sustainable conclusions and will be increasingly proficient in recognising and challenging a variety of interpretations and find out more about the local area, study a wide range of places and themes at different scales, and begin to understand their place in the world and their influences upon it. Through drawing links between history, looking at what has happened in the past and geography, it is possible for children to realise that it is this influence that could make a huge difference to the world they live in.
At Adderley 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 Adderley 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. 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. As children progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Birmingham so that they can develop a real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special. We are also developing the children’s ability to apply geographical skills to enable them to confidently communicate their findings and geographical understanding to a range of audiences. Through high quality teaching, we develop the following essential characteristics of geographers:
- An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like, both in Britain and the wider world.
- A comprehensive understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected.
- An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
- Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills, as well as effective presentation techniques.
- The ability to reach clear conclusions and explain their findings.
- The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current issues in society and the environment.
- A genuine interest in the subject and a real sense of curiosity about the world and the people who live here.
- To inspire pupils’ curiosity to discover more about the world.
- To enable children to know about the location of the world’s continents, countries, cities, seas and oceans.
- To develop in children, the skills of interpreting a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs.
- To help children understand how the human and physical features of a place, shapes it location and can change over time.
- To provide opportunities to study mathematics across the curriculum through geography lessons.