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Runnymede St Edward's Catholic Primary

Part of the Edmund Rice family of schools ‘Inspire, Challenge and Support through Faith’

Geography

“Geography is a subject that which holds the key to our future.”

Michael Palin

 

Intent

At Runnymede St Edward’s Primary School, we aim to provide a high quality geography curriculum to inspire, challenge and engage children to understand more about the world around them. Teaching key concepts such as place, space, scale, environment, interconnections, physical and human processes. This will provide our Young Edwardians opportunities for field world and developing key geographical skills to inspire a love of learning. The intent for geography at Runnymede St Edward’s is to deliver the national curriculum in an engaging and exciting way. An ambitious and rigorous geography curriculum can help to raise cultural capital and develop connections through people and events in different places and cultures. Runnymede will begin Phase 1 of the Opening Worlds Humanities Curriculum for Year 3 and Year 4 to ensure a knowledge rich and high quality geography curriculum.

 

Implementation

Our school focuses on developing the skills necessary for children to understand the changes of the world around them and the impact that they have on the world. Taught as an independent subject, we will deliver a progressive curriculum that builds up key knowledge and skills as they move though Early Years Foundation Stage to the primary curriculum. 

Geography is a thriving subject in our school. Our teaching and learning instil a sense of awe and wonder of the world and enables our pupils to become life-long learners and citizens of our planet, with a responsibility to care and protect this precious gift.

Teachers become a catalyst and role model through their appreciation and enthusiasm for the subject, sparking the children’s love of learning. We stimulate pupils ‘minds by asking challenging questions and apply their knowledge to demonstrate a deep understanding of current issues and topics. Teachers draw on their own experiences of the world, culture and travel to bring the subject alive and real to them in this age of virtual reality.

From Y1 to Y6 our Young Edwardians revisit previous learning and are encouraged to make connections across subjects and year groups in order to deepen their knowledge and understanding. This is implicit in our planning and evident through challenging questioning. Furthermore, fantastic enriching experiences through our educational learning visits help pupils apply classroom learning in real contexts and are a great opportunity for children to talk about what they have learned.

 

Impact

Children at Runnymede St Edward’s will be able to know more and remember more as they progress through the geography curriculum. We assess the children’s knowledge of geographical language and concepts by setting low stakes quizzes midpoint during the unit of work.

They will understand geographical concepts and develop an understanding of the environment that shapes the world that we live in today. They will have developed skills such as problem solving, asking and answering questions, collecting data, testing and evaluating hypotheses as well as developing a sense of intrigue. The children will be well equipped to use these skills across other areas of learning that will allow them to progress in their learning as they move away from primary education into Key Stage 3 and for life in the wider world. We have developed a strong working relationship with our feeder school, St Edward’s College and collaborate with the Geography department to develop common curriculum goals and aspects of fieldwork. This enables Geography leaders in both schools to plan for progression across key stages and ensure children are well prepared for their transition into Year 7.

Primary Geography National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2

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