Statement of Intent

At Heddington, we see geography as the bridge between science and the humanities. Geography is taught in a range of local, national, and global contexts, helping children to define, compare and contrast physical and human characteristics of our local area and significant places around the world. As geographers, children will be taught how to use physical and virtual maps and atlases to understand place, space and scale, and exposure to these concepts will help them to understand ways in which the environment impacts their lives as well as ways in which their lives impact the environment. Children will leave Heddington with a confident understanding of the world around them and a well-rounded geographical skillset which will help them to explore the world 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 Mr Jones.