Statement of Intent
At Heddington, we see geography as the bridge between science and the humanities. We build upon the provision for geography established in the Early Years Foundation Stage and in particular that which addresses the knowledge and skills expectations of the People, Culture and Communities Early Learning Goal. The study of geography involves our children exploring the relationship and interactions between people and the environments in which they live and upon which they and all life on Earth depends. As geographers, children will carry out fieldwork, use maps, photographs and atlases (physical and virtual) to understand place, space and scale. Geography is taught in a range of local, national and global contexts, helping children to define, compare and contrast physical and human characteristics, alongside wondering at and developing empathy for the diversity of people and environments in our world. Children will leave Heddington with a confident understanding of the changing world around them and a well-rounded geographical skillset which will help them to explore further.
What do we want Children to Gain from Geography?
We want children to…
- Have developed the geographical knowledge, skills and vocabulary to help them explore, navigate and understand the world around them and their place in it.
- Understand ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated.
- Have the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical and presentational techniques.
- Have the ability to reach clear conclusions and develop reasoned arguments to explain findings.
- Show originality, imagination or creativity as shown in interpretations and representations of the subject matter.
- Show a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there.
- Be prepared to become competent geographers in secondary school.
To view our knowledge organisers for the 2023 - 2024, please click on the links below.
How we Assess Impact
Each enquiry which forms our programme of learning and teaching in geography sets clear objectives and outcomes for the pupils in terms of knowledge and understanding and skills acquisition. We ensure that when assessing our pupils’ evidence is drawn from a wide range of sources to inform the process including interaction with pupils during discussions and related questioning, day to day observations, the gathering, presentation and communication of fieldwork data and writing in different genres. We also hold book looks with the children to build an emerging picture of what the pupil knows, understands and can do.
Our geography co-ordinator is Mr Humphries