As a small, rural school we reflect on our Geography focus each year and change it according to the classes that we have. Often we do not have one year group in class and it is common for learners to move from a straight year class to a split year class. Our Geography coverage is considered carefully each year to ensure breadth and depth for learners. As a general rule of thumb, particular Geographical themes are reserved for Key stages:
Use simple maps, exploring similarities and differences between life in this
country and others, explore the natural world around us, understanding important
changes in our world (including seasons), describing our immediate environment
using knowledge from observation, discussion, stories, non-fiction texts and maps.
The Local Area, Extreme Environments, Comparative Study—Kenya and UK,
Rivers, Local Study—The Sheffield Flood, Mountains, Natural Disasters, Europe
The Rainforest, South America, North America, The Antarctic
Units of study are mapped out to allow for a clear sense of progression—an annual overview is completed so that we can see what and when Geography is being taught in our school at a glance.
¨ All lessons are planned with the Geography key concepts and intentions in mind, medium-term planning references these.
¨ Lessons are sequenced with spaced learning opportunities at the start of every lesson to embed knowledge and understanding.
¨ Geographical concepts are used to plan and referenced on planning, learners meet these concepts again and again as they travel through our school—this deepens their understanding and makes links with previous learning.