Our planet is constantly developing and changing over time and it is important that children develop a knowledge beyond the world they might experience, as well as an awareness of the people around the world. All places and spaces on our planet have a history behind them, shaped by humans, earth and climate. It is important for our pupils to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. Our geography curriculum is designed to give a meaning and awareness to places and spaces. It intends to inspire a curiosity and fascination in children, about the world and its people, which will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
At VPA, we deliver a geography curriculum that creates children who:
- develop, understand, collect, interpret and communicate different geographical knowledge
- awareness of a place, or places
- understand impact humans have on the planet
- develop spatial awareness of the globe
- develop understanding of relevant topics such as climate change
How it is Taught
We teach geography weekly every other half term, as well as through a focused geography week, across the school. We teach geography through a narrative in order to engage pupils in what they are learning. The develop their geographical understanding through drama, interacting with different sources and producing written outcomes, as well as engaging in outdoor fieldwork. Pupils collect their own data, and analyse what they have found, in order to develop a better understanding of society and the local community. In KS2, pupils also develop a knowledge of distribution of population and resources, political and economic activities. Expectations within our geography curriculum are high for all pupils and the expectation is that pupils will develop an in-depth knowledge of key areas, as well as developing skills which can be built upon each year.
Long Term Curriculum