Geography - our intent
Iveson Primary School’s geography curriculum is designed to teach learners geographical knowledge and skills through the context of the school’s drivers: opportunities, creativity, environment, well-being, communication and community.
Geography at Iveson follows the National Curriculum, giving our children opportunities to explore their surroundings, communities and wider geographical issues. This is through providing engaging lessons coupled with exciting opportunities, both theoretical and practical.
We recognise the importance of encouraging children to be thoughtful, curious thinkers who are able to process new information, reflect on it and think critically. They can then apply their knowledge and skills to overcome challenges in our rapidly changing world.
Understanding both human and physical geography will enable our children to have a better knowledge of themselves and the wider society in which they live. Our aim, is to encourage all children to become caring, responsible adults who can influence the future of our planet.
Understanding the World – The Natural World
Children at the expected level of development will:
Explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants.
Know some similarities and differences between the natural world around them and contrasting environments, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class.
Understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons and changing states of matter.
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.
The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
- understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
- are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
- collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
- interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length