At Bakewell Methodist Junior School, we pride on enabling all to access the full breadth of our geography curriculum offer and ultimately reach their full potential. We have designed our geography curriculum to be sequential, logical and cumulative and meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. Key knowledge, facts, skills and concepts are identified through our ‘Steps in Learning’ and children have regular opportunities to revisit, recall and apply key knowledge and skills in order to deepen their understanding. We hold high aspirations for all our pupils and want them to grow into successful and responsible adults of the future with a rich ‘cultural literacy’ formed through their experience of a high quality geography curriculum that has at its heart: key skills, knowledge arranged through concepts and broad and engaging experiences.
Geography develops pupils’ understanding of the world in which they live through the study of place, space and environment.
Whilst geography provides a basis for pupils to understand their role within the world, by exploring locality and how people fit into a global structure, the subject also encourages children to learn through experience, particularly through practical and fieldwork activities.
Our Bakewell Methodist Junior 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:
o collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
o interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
o communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
Please see below for our Bakewell 'Geography Steps in Learning' and our Geography long term overview. You will also see examples of our Knowledge Organisers that help us know more and remember more throughout our Geography topics.
The teaching and implementation of the Geography Curriculum at Bakewell Methodist Junior School, is based on the National Curriculum, ensuring a clear, comprehensive and well-structured approach to this subject.
Geography is the focus-the driver- for three topic each year. Teachers plan lessons based on our two-year cycle and our Step in Leaning, Skills and Progression. Planning is supported by Curriculum Companion for Geography. The progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group.