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Intent for Geography

 

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Futures.

 

Our Geography Curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and the people that live around them. We are committed to providing children with the opportunities to investigate and make enquires about their local area of Netherley, Liverpool and the surrounding area so that they can develop a sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our area unique.

 

Through high quality teaching, we aim to develop the following essential characteristics of geographers:

  • An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like, both in Britain and the wider world;
  • An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary;
  • Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning and reasoning skills
  • The ability to reach clear conclusions and explain findings;
  • Excellent fieldwork skills;
  • The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding  about current issues in society and the environment;
  • An understanding that we all have a responsibility to look after the world around us;
  • A genuine interest in the subject and a real curiosity about the world the people who live here.

 

Implementation for Geography

 

In ensuring high standards of teaching in geography, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. The EYFS geography objectives stated in 'Understanding of the World' are taught in a thematic way across the key stage. This will mainly be child led to allow the teaching and learning to follow the children's interest.

 

In Key Stage 1 and 2 we do the following to deliver our Geography Curriculum:

  • Use the National Curriculum requirements for Geography: providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of geographical concepts, knowledge, and skills;  
  • Teachers are provided with medium-term planning for each unit which outlines specific place and locational knowledge; human and physical geography; geographical skills and fieldwork and vocabulary;
  • Teachers draw on the medium-term plans to plan weekly lessons that are specifically designed for the children, drawing on a range of resources to ensure that lessons are purposeful and focused; 
  • As part of the planning process teachers incorporate basic skills at the beginning of every lesson;
  • End of unit assessment tasks allow the children to demonstrate what they have learned; 
  • Geography is taught as part of a half termly cycle with history;
  • Geography has cross-curricular links with many areas across the curriculum (see the curriculum map)

  

Key documents for implementation:

  • Action plan
  • Long term plan

 Geography Curriculum Overview

 

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YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

YEAR 5

YEAR 6

 

Autumn Term

Local Area - School

Local Area - Liverpool

Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Area of
Europe - Mediterranean

Area of         North America - USA

Antarctica

 

 

Why visit Netherley?

Why do people come to Liverpool ?

How does the Earth let off steam ?

How does the seas affect life on land ?

What's so great about the United States ?

Why visit Antarctica?

 

Spring Term

Continents and hot and cold climates

Kenya

Water Cycle

South America -Brazil

Settlements

Liverpool v London

 

 

Playing all over the world

Why go on a  safari ?

What's in a glass of water ?

Why are the rainforests important ?

Why can't I live in an igloo ?

How have the Mersey and the Thames served their cities?

 

Summer Term

The UK

Farms and vegetation

Seaside counties of the UK

Global Trade

The Environment

OS map study

 

 

What's fantastic about the UK ?

Where does our food come from ?

Where are all the beaches going ?

Why is trade global ?

Are we damaging our world ?

I'm a year 6 pupil, get me out of here!

 

Impact 

Our Geography Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum we expect them to make at least expected progress. In addition to this, we measure the impact of the curriculum through the following methods:

  • Termly assessment of learning against the objectives stated in 'Understanding of the World' from 'Development Matters' in EYFS;
  • Termly book monitoring/scrutiny and learning walks to ensure that lessons are being taught according to the planned outcomes;
  • Termly discussions with pupils about their learning;
  • Termly formative assessment based on assessment tasks;
  • Medium term planning documents annotated by teachers to ensure that planning is a working document;
  • End of key stage assessment to ensure all areas of teaching and learning have been met;
  • Standardisation across the city to ensure accurate assessments of children's work.

 

 

Geography Policy

Topic Overviews 

Geography Activities and Events  

 

World Ocean Day For Schools is coming up on the Monday 8th June. 

 

On Monday 8th June join other children for World Ocean Day For Schools. There will  be lots of different activities happening throughout the day. If you do take part in any of the activities then remember to share what you've done with the rest of your class on our school Twitter page. 

Geography club started last week. Today we've spent time discovering where different countries are around the world.

Geography at Norman Pannell.

 

Our geography curriculum is aimed at helping us to understand the world around us.  Through map and fieldwork we explore our local area and further afield to develop an appreciation of nature, building developments and changes over time. Across the school we dedicate time to understanding place and location, human and physical geography and differences between areas.  We kick started our year with lots of field work in Delamere forest and Caldrestones park - the pictures from these exciting experiences can be seen below.  Keep checking back to see how we are developing in geography throughout the year!

Geography Curriculum overview

Norman Pannell becomes Environmentally Friendly!

 

Recycle Trip

 

Recently years 4,5 and 6 had the opportunity to visit the Gillmoss Recycle Discovery Centre where they spent the day learning about items that can be recycled. This trip brought this environmental concept alive and the children were able to participate in a range of activities to help consolidate their learning. It was really informative to see how they sort all of our rubbish and what happens to it once it gets sent away! They even got the chance to see art that has been created by only using recycled materials (see picture below)!

 

 

 

Flooding in the local area

 

You may already know that Netherley is an area in Liverpool that is at risk of flooding. Recently children in Year 6 worked with the Flooding Forum to explore their local area, learning about Netherley Brook and the houses close by that are most at risk! This was a very informative day, the children really enjoyed learning about current issues that affect people in their community.

Year 6 produced leaflets that provide all the information you need to know about flooding, these also offer advice on what to do in case a flood occurs.

 

In order to help prevent this, Year 6 also worked with Ben from the Mersey Forest project, planting trees. Planting trees not only helps reduce rain water by soaking it up through the trees roots, but the leaves act as an interception, which slows down the quantity of rain reaching the ground at any one time. See below some of the photographs from this great day.

 

If you would like any more information about this topic please do not hesitate to ask any of Year 6 or Miss Harrison, we will all be happy to share our knowledge with you.

 

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