Geography is the study of places, the human and the physical processes which shape them, and the people that live in them. At Codicote School we aim to produce high quality Geography education that will inspire pupil’s curiosity and fascination about the world, and gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of their place within it. The children are encouraged to ask perceptive questions and think critically about the world around them whilst challenging stereotypes.
Geography is taught throughout the key stages, following the National Curriculum programme of study. Children are taught to: develop their knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their own locality, use and understand related vocabulary and undertake fieldwork.
Most topics are delivered in blocks, using a cross curricular approach as far as appropriate. The curriculum enables children to investigate a range of places, developing their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes with opportunities to investigate and enquire in order to develop a real sense of their heritage and who they are and their place within the wider world around them. Through increasing children’s knowledge of other cultures, a respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multicultural country and world are developed.
Where possible, first hand experiences including field work are used to enable children to apply their geographical skills to real-life contexts. Role play activities, special events, day trips, residential trips and outings are used to enhance teaching and learning. Subject specific vocabulary has been identified and is taught in context, at an age appropriate level, to enable children to express themselves in verbal and written form.
Standards in Geography are high, with the majority of children achieving age related expectations or above. Children are able to make connections to real life contexts based on their geographical knowledge, including links to their local area and how it has been shaped
They become reflective geographers, understanding their impact as a citizen on the wider world and acting positively within their local community. Recorded work shows a high standard of achievement, using a range of presentation methods.