Intent and Implementation Geography
At Orchard Fields we plan our geography curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. 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, and interest in, geography.
We aim to deliver a geography curriculum that inspires curiosity and fascination in children about the world and its people not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about and interest in: diverse places and people; resources in the environment; physical and human processes; and the formation and use of landscapes. Children are taught a range of geographical skills: collecting and analysing data; using maps, globes, aerial photographs and digital mapping to name and identify countries, continents and oceans; and communicating information in a variety of ways to enable them to investigate with a growing independence.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in geography, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Geography is taught as part of our topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. At Orchard Fields, we ensure that geography has the same importance given to it as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.
Cross curricular outcomes in geography are specifically planned for, with strong links between geography and literacy lessons identified, planned for and utilised. The local area is often used to achieve the desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom included whenever possible.