“The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents.
And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.”
‘When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you will not stumble. Proverbs 4:12’
At HCA we want every child to believe that they can become an explorer, looking at the world around them in an exciting, thought provoking and educational way. Geography is an essential part of the curriculum, it provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved. Geography explores the relationship between the Earth and its people through the study of place, space and environment. Children are encouraged to be hands on and independent through their learning. We encourage children to see the sky is the limit when it comes to their futures. With opportunities to travel and work in different cities and countries across the world, when they are older, children need to use maps, charts and other geographical data with ease and confidence.
To ensure the children experience high quality Geography lessons, we use Unity’s two-year rolling programme of long-term plans detailing the coverage of each subject in KS1, LKS2 and UKS2. The scheme is knowledge-rich and includes impactful curriculum resources with long term teaching sequences that are interleaved and planned around the retrieval of prior knowledge from each year group. The progression skills are mapped out for each year group for Years 1 to 6. This ensues planning addresses the national curriculum content, but also shows progression of skills across the school. We use the unity curriculum also to influence our planning in the EYFS by using their ideas for geography and linking them to the EYFS curriculum.
Enriching the children’s learning through exploring and questioning is our prime aim in geography. We aim to provide learning opportunities that enthuse, engage and motivate children to learn and foster a sense of curiosity and wonder at the beauty of the world around them. Also to increase children’s knowledge of other cultures and, in so doing, teach a respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multi-cultural country.