To inspire and ignite curiosity about the local community and the wider world and to understand geographical processes.
“Through the school’s curriculum, pupils achieve well in all areas of learning. Staff plan topics very carefully to maximise their learning in different subjects”. Ofsted 2018
At Kentmere Academy & Nursery we believe that Geography provides answers to the questions children have about the world around them. Through enjoyment of the subject pupils will be stimulated to think about their own place in the world, their values, British values and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.
Our Geography curriculum is built on the understanding that Geography is a subject driven by curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Developing knowledge, skills and understanding of not only what places and people are like now or in the past, but also discovering what might be in the future, and how we, as citizens of our own geographical landscapes have the ability and opportunity to shape the future.
Geography is, by nature, a subject of curiosity and fascination. At Kentmere we aim to foster children’s interest through our curriculum, strengthened through enquiry that channels confident, happy, interdependent, independent and resilient learners.
Pupils are encouraged to have a curiosity for the world around them and understand that to become true geographers they must ask investigative questions, why?
The Geography curriculum is designed to develop skills and knowledge that are progressive as well as transferrable
All pupils can access the Geography curriculum appropriate to their needs- support for specific pupils can be provided, with consideration to children who require further challenge
Pupils develop skills and knowledge that are transferrable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
We aim to ensure that when pupils leave us, they will have an inherent fascination and care for the world and its people
At Kentmere, Geography has been planned coherently to build children’s understanding progressively from their local area and slowly into the wider world. Geography is taught to a high standard discretely however our curriculum map allows pupils to thread cross-curricular ideas smoothly with each topic complimenting their History topic.
All Geography lessons are underpinned by an enquiry question, allowing children to build curiosity, ask questions and investigate answers in a variety of ways. The curriculum is designed to make learning relevant and enjoyable for our children. A location study each year ensures that skills and knowledge are built on and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning. The local area is fully utilised, school trips and fieldwork are provided to give first hand experiences. As with all other subject curriculum areas we understand the value of vocabulary- we explain key words clearly and practically, encouraging pupils to use technical vocabulary accurately in order to gain confidence and precision in their work.
Through a wide range of experiences our children will learn about the features, diversity and wonder of our important world and how it should be treated, setting them up to be responsible global citizens.
Our children’s journey in Geography begins with ‘Where do we live?’- the impact of our curriculum aims to provide children with life skills that they will use in their life forever, first and foremost we aim to give children a sense of place. With this, we want our pupils to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Geography, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future. Our children’s journey as geographers ends with ‘What will our world look like in the future?’, requiring children to use their sense of place to explore what they can do in their world to make a change. We prepare children for this so they can be confident and articulate, expressive with technical vocabulary and inspired to be curious explorers of our world. Geography is, by nature, a subject of curiosity and fascination.
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