At Washingwell our high quality geography curriculum inspires pupil’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about how the world will help them deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
Our school bases the core work in geography around the National Curriculum which 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 and 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 skills needed to:
- collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experience of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
- interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- communicate geographical information in a variety of ways including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
Our geography curriculum is further enhanced by visits, visitors, Outdoor Learning week and other relevant enrichment activities as and when they arise. We have also achieved the International award from the British Council for our involvement in a three year Comenius project which linked us to four other schools from Iceland, Spain, Germany and Cyprus. We continue to extend our international links through work with these and other countries such as India, giving our children a more global perspective.