Aiming High Learning for Life

Geography

Our geography curriculum teaches an understanding of places and environments.  It covers a wide-range of aspects of both human and physical geography which develop children’s locational knowledge and recognition of key features of our globe.

Geography helps children learn about and appreciate their local environment and compare this to other regions in the UK and the rest of the world. This ranges from studying weather patterns, climate, housing, careers, the economy and travel as well as collecting information, such as map reading, creating graphs and identifying features through photographs.

Curriculum Adaptations for September 2020-21

The world as we know it is changing. The impact that COVID-19 is having on our planet is huge. It affects the world of geography in more ways than we may even realise. For this reason, we have looked at how our current Geography units can be adapted to accommodate this.  There are lots of big questions which must now be factored into geography planning, such as:

  • How has a decrease in air traffic affected climate change?
  • Have towns changed much as a result of hospitality and retail industries closing?
  • Have there been changes to the usage and maintenance of outdoor spaces now that social distancing has become part of our everyday life?
  • How have tourist towns been affected as a result of lockdowns and due to people holidaying more in their own country?

These all reflect key issues which can be addressed through an adapted geography curriculum.

Pupil voice will be particularly valuable in these new times as the children themselves are living through this global pandemic. It will have undoubtedly, at some point, affected every single aspect of their life in one way or another. Drawing on pupil voice to support learning will hopefully make this adapted curriculum even more tangible to the children as it is something they can now relate to in more real terms.

There are parts of our curriculum based around field work which will be adapted in order to support the children’s learning of our local environment in other ways. This will be done instead through the use of technology, media, images, videos, maps, and the use of our school grounds where possible.