Geography Curriculum Intent at St Julie
At St Julie 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 St Julie enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. 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. The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive beginning in the Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6 and encourages children to widen their vocabulary by introducing and reinforcing new words.
Each class in key Stage 1 and 2 are taught three half termly units of geography with EYFS covering two units, focusing on the knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. We ensure that the children understand the important of geography in the curriculum and strive to enable all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. For example, using the school and local area to follow maps in EYFS and KS1 to comparing the similarities and differences in environments and communities and considering world issues on pollution in Key Stage 2. We are fortunate at St Julie to have extensive school grounds and accessible local areas that we can use to extend the children’s learning beyond the classroom.
National Curriculum in England
Purpose of study
A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge 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 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.
Geography Ambassadors are chosen for their love of geography across the school. We felt this was an amazing opportunity for children, who are interested and passionate about Geography, to shine!
Geography Ambassador roles and responsibilities:
- To share a love of Geography with their class.
- To link with Mrs Kernick the subject leader
- To think and develop creative ways to promote Geography across the school.
- To look for ways for pupils to have the opportunity to explore Geography beyond the school gate .
- To give the pupils in their class a voice and help them to share their ideas.
The Geography Ambassadors are made up of pupils from Y2 - Y6
Year 2: Noah and Daisy
Year 3: William and Olivia
Year 4: Alice and Aveah
Year 5: Mia and Archie
Year 6: Noah and Heidi
Please see the documents below for more information.