Geography is essentially about understanding the world we live in. At Dorney, we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Our pupils are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum at Dorney enables pupils to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas, which can be used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills.
At Dorney, the Geography curriculum is supported by a clear progression of skills and knowledge. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. It is important that our pupils develop the skills of a geographer by fully immersing them in all strands of the subject. The local area is utilised to achieve desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom. School trips and fieldwork are provided to give first hand experiences, which enhance children’s understanding of the world beyond their locality.
Teaching must equip our 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. As our pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and changed over time.
The curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
Our curriculum has been mapped to ensure that there is clear progression across the school. Subject leaders regularly review the topics taught in each year group to ensure that pupils are taught the right content at the right time.