By the end of Y6, we intend our pupils to be prepared for the Secondary school geography curriculum. Geography is one of the most relevant subjects our children can learn. Barely a day goes by when geography isn’t in the news – earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, natural disasters, war and of course, climate change. As geographer Michael Palin, puts it: “Geography is all about the living, breathing essence of the world we live in. It explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?”
High quality geography education at Ribbon should inspire a lifelong curiosity and fascination of the world and its people. Teaching should give children knowledge of many and varied places, the people who live there and natural and human environments and features. Children should develop a deep understanding of the key physical and human processes of the world and how these are interlinked. Children will be aware of and understand geographical changes and the cause and effect of these. Children leaving Ribbon should be able to interpret a range of sources and communicate geographical information using correct vocabulary in written work, through maps and numerical skills.
At Ribbon we embrace the teaching and learning of geography through Local Studies, beginning with the school grounds and developing to investigations within the local region, these are incorporated into the school Long-Term Plan. The Long Term Plan for the teaching and learning of geography at Ribbon is a coherent, planned journey based on national and international research of how children best learn. Where possible, a unit of work is led by an enquiry-based question (as per recent recommendation by National Geographic Association). There is a planned direction in learning through the year groups, beginning with developing a strong knowledge of personal localities and local knowledge in EYES and Year 1 before expanding to knowledge of the wider locality, UK, Europe, Global and comparative geography. Each unit is designed to build on previous knowledge and skills taught in geography and, where relevant, link to other curriculum areas. Key objectives and non-negotiable vocabulary specific to each topic on the Long-term plan are shared with staff by subject leader. Links to British values in geography are ongoing, as pupils will look at how different cultures live and work throughout the world within their studies.
The Long-Term plan is followed by year groups to ensure that children can build on previous learning year on year. The curriculum has been sequenced to enable pupils to gradually widen their sense of scale from their immediate geography to the global, as research shows that children best learn geography in this way.
Fieldwork is an integral part of the geography curriculum; no other subject includes the necessity for fieldwork in National Curriculum guidelines. At Ribbon we ensure that visits and fieldwork are undertaken whenever possible to offer pupils unique opportunities to experience geography for themselves and develop a wide range of skills.
Chris Quigley Milestones are used in conjunction with the National Curriculum in the planning and teaching of geography to make certain that children make continuous progress in gaining knowledge and developing subject skills.
As a result of following the Long-term Plan for teaching and learning the children should have developed and be able to appropriately use geographical vocabulary, relating to the topics taught, when communicating either orally or on paper, this will be evidenced during pupil voice meetings, on Earwig and in books. Pupils will have both a factual knowledge and be able to apply the skills of a geographer in their work.
Termly assessments will be completed by each class teacher. Assessments made will be based on work in books and practical activities. Subject leaders will moderate assessment judgements each term – this will include moderating evidence uploaded to Earwig.