Statement of Intent

At Heddignton, we see geography as the bridge between science and the humanities. 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 diverstity of people and environments in our world. Exposure to these concepts will help children to understand how the environment impacts lives as well as how their lives impact the environment, and the beliefs behind any subsequent causes and campaigns. 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.

How we Assess Impact

We teach geography through knowledge and skills. Children evidence their increased knowledge and development of skills through their work. Teachers talk to the children about how they are progressing and target their lessons to ensure that children acquire the skills necessary to be able to progress in their learning. Lessons are centered around a core skill or piece of knowledge and children self-assess their understanding in relation to this. The geography co-ordinator has termly release time to talk to pupils, monitor books and compare them with planning. 

Our geography co-ordinator is Mrs Coombs.