Bakewell Methodist Junior School Geography Policy
In geography, we aim to stimulate our children’s interest in and knowledge of our local environment as well as the world around us. Geography teaches an understanding of places and environments and has strong links with our learning about protecting the world in which we live. We use local field studies to teach specific skills alongside developing a sense of awe and wonder for the world in which we live.
- To develop children’s enquiry skills through asking questions and expressing their own views, use geographical vocabulary, fieldwork, resources and learning how to draw and interpret maps.
- To develop a knowledge of places and environments throughout the world.
- To increase children’s knowledge of other cultures and, in doing so, teach a respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multi-cultural country.
- To enable children to know of and understand environmental problems at a local, regional and global level and help them think about their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.
Teaching and Learning:
At Bakewell Methodist Junior School, we strive to make learning geography an enjoyable experience. It is taught both through discreet lesson teaching as well as being used in cross-curricular experiences. Geography is a key part of our rolling four-year curriculum plan. Specific, progressive skills as well are identified within each unit of work. Our four-year rolling programme is shared with parents as well as information provided about each individual topic on our class newsletters.
We use a broad range of teaching and learning styles in our geography lessons. We strive to provide children with practical experiences in geography whenever possible. We aim to engage children and follow their interests in the subject. We encourage children to ask questions and, wherever possible, find a method to answer their own questions about a subject.
We teach geography to all children, whatever their ability as part of our commitment to teach a broad and balanced curriculum to all children. Teachers provide learning opportunities that match the needs of all of the children in the class. This can include setting tasks which are open-ended and so can have a variety of responses, setting tasks and providing resources of different complexities, sometimes grouping children by ability and setting different tasks to each group and using teaching assistants to support children’s participation. Geography lessons take into account the targets set for children in their Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
The geography curriculum aims to provide equal access for all pupils irrespective of race, gender or disability. Pupils learn about the both local areas as well as learning about the places, lives and cultures from around the world thus developing an understanding of their own and others’ cultural background. We aim to make children think about their place in the world and how they can become positive citizens.
ICT is used extensively in the geography curriculum. This includes using the IWB to stream resources such as enabling children to see footage from places across the world and examples to support the teaching of specific skills such as map reading. Children use individual computers to research different topics as well as use specific programmes such as ‘Google World’ to help them develop their knowledge and develop a sense of awe and wonder about the world around them.
Geography resources including maps, posters, globes, compasses and artefacts are available for all classes to use and are found in the resource room. Clipboards are also found in there to use in fieldwork as well as iPads for taking pictures of the local environment. The library also contains a range of books relating to the units of work studied as well as broader subjects for interest. All classrooms have access to an interactive whiteboard through which they can watch videos, look at pictures and use a range of resources to support children’s’ learning. We follow the National Curriculum. Our four-year rolling programme outlines the topics that will be taught as well as specific, progressive skills which will be taught in each unit. Teachers also have access to planning resources including ‘PlanBee’ and ‘Inspire’.
Children demonstrate their ability in geography in a range of different ways including observing children at work, question and answer sessions and assessing written work. Teachers will give feedback both within lessons and at the end of a unit of work to enable children to make future progress. Children are also encouraged to make judgements about their own work and how they feel they can improve. This information is always shared with parents in the end of year report and can be shared during open mornings and parent consultation evenings.
Health and Safety:
The general teaching requirement for health and safety applies to this subject. Risk assessments are undertaken for fieldwork activities or off-site visits and these comply with our Health and Safety Policy.
This policy will be reviewed every two years or as determined necessary, for example if there is a change of guidance.