At West Lodge Primary School our aim is to teach a Geography curriculum which motivates and inspires our children to gain a coherent knowledge of the world in which they live in. The geography curriculum at West Lodge enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops the processes; to question, to predict, to gather information, to analyse and interpret and draw conclusions. We provide the children with opportunities to use a range of resources like maps, globes, aerial photographs, digital maps to support their learning We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people; communicating this geographically. We aim to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. . A fascination and interest which will remain with them throughout their lives. We want children to enjoy learning about geography by gaining this, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits
How we teach Geography
At West Lodge, we teach Geography through focused lessons as part of half-termly or termly topics, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. Meaningful links to other areas of the curriculum such as English and Science are made where possible. Activities to enrich children’s understanding, such as visits, guest speakers, focus days all contribute to making the learning aspirational and ambitious. Geography begins within The Early Years as part of Understanding the World. We guide the children to make sense of their physical world and community. They take an enquiry approach through the carefully planned activities led by an overarching theme. In KS1, our Geography develops an awareness of the school grounds, and then moving onto the local and wider area. In KS2, Geography is taught through carefully chosen topics to ensure a balance of physical and human geography as well as progression in skills. The local area is fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom. In a rapidly changing world, our Earth is changing at a greater pace now than ever before, the importance of sustainability, climate change, migration and global citizenship is vital for our children so they can begin to develop and understand their role and responsibility and this is why geography matters more now than ever before.
The Subject Lead for Geography is Mrs Anjna Kambo