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Through our geography education, we aim to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Children will be equipped 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. Through our geography lessons, we want to inspire children to have a love of geography and develop an understanding of what it means to be a global citizen and how we can contribute to making the world a more sustainable place in which to live.
Geography lessons address the key geographical concepts of local knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography, geographical skills and fieldwork. Across both key stages, children have a range of opportunities to experience geography through practical, engaging tasks beyond the classroom. Key vocabulary is used by children to deepen their geographical knowledge.
In geography lessons, children begin to use maps and recognise physical and human features of the local area, progressing to using maps to explore the continents and oceans of the world. Children will learn to compare where they live, to places outside of Europe and ask and answer geographical questions. Map skills are developed further using digital maps, keys and symbols and children will use fieldwork skills.
Through revisiting and consolidating skills, our geography lessons help children build on prior knowledge whilst introducing new skills and challenge.
The geographical concept of locational knowledge is reinforced across the curriculum, for example in Music, Art and DT, pupils learn about the history and culture of different pieces of music, art and cuisine, identifying the country and locating them on a map. Sustainability is also addressed across the curriculum.
The impact of the Dudley Wood geography curriculum is measured against the progression outcomes for each lesson, and the National Curriculum aims. It is evidenced by the children’s ability, willingness and confidence to address and discuss each unit’s key driving question, giving a response focusing on geographical vocabulary, skills and concepts. Their knowledge of each unit will contribute to their wider understanding of what it means to be a global citizen and how we can contribute to making the world a more sustainable place in which to live.
Characteristics of a geographer
Whole school overview