At Queensgate Primary School, we believe a high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about their local area and the world as a whole. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Geography; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of geographical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to develop a love for geography. Furthermore, we aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Our teaching equips pupils 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.
Each term the children are immersed in either a Geography or History topic and subject leaders have sequenced the order in which the topics are taught within each year group to ensure prior knowledge is built upon. Teachers plan lessons for their class using our termly knowledge organisers and planning documents. Teachers use these documents to plan their sequential geography lessons; challenging all learners to broaden their knowledge and build develop their subject specific vocabulary.
At Queensgate Primary School, the children have many opportunities to experience geography on educational visits. The children explore the local area, our Forest School zone within the school grounds and river studies. Local museums also provide an opportunity to further geography learning, as well as trips to local woods, beaches and using map reading skills during residential trips.
Through active engagement in geography, we focus on enabling children to think as geographers and how geography has many applications in everyday life. Our children enjoy learning about the world, understanding how people live in different locations and the positive contribution they can make as global citizens of the future.