At Beaver Green, 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. We aim to keep geographical learning relevant to our pupils by making links to issues such as natural disasters, pollution, recycling and climate change wherever appropriate. 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 features and human processes.
Geography at Beaver Green is taught as part of our creative curriculum lessons throughout the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. Terms 3 and 4 have an overarching Geography theme of a continent, so that our topic will have a slightly ‘heavier’ geography focus in those terms. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. Consideration is given to how greater depth children 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.
Online resources such as Google Earth and virtual reality are invaluable in bringing the world to our children at Beaver Green. The local area is fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice, including regular Forest School lessons.
Outcomes in floor books and English books evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. 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.