At Diamond Wood Community Academy, we believe that a quality Geography curriculum should develop children’s curiosity and appreciation for the world around them. We aim to inspire children’s admiration of our world, with particular focus to the community we live in, in turn developing children who are conscious about respecting and protecting their environment.
We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in Geography, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the curriculum. Alongside this, we hope to build children’s Geographical vocabulary to equip them with the language to talk confidently about our world.
Our school serves a community where 98% of the children have English as an additional language. Language and ‘hands on’, practical and creative experiences are therefore at the heart of all that we do and is an integral part to our teaching of Geography. By the time children leave us in Year 2, our aim is for all children to be confident in asking questions about the world around them and be beginning to develop a deep understanding of how they contribute to both their local and wider environments.
Through teaching in a variety of creative and experiential ways, we hope to increase our children’s enthusiasm for Geography and open their minds to the possibilities of a future career within the sector. The knowledge, skills and values developed in Geography can be used to improve the world through social and environmental action - which has increasingly become more important than ever with the threat of climate change and global warming.
Geography Position Statement
At Diamond Wood Community Academy, our main focus for the year in terms of our Geography curriculum is to review current content and coverage, ensuring progression of knowledge and skills throughout school, from Nursery to Year Two.
All teaching staff and educational teaching assistants in school will be working hard over the year to develop their own subject knowledge and gain a clearer understanding of the skills and knowledge taught within each year group and how this progresses. They will develop their understanding of the EYFS: The World and People and Communities. They will understand how these areas of learning form firm foundations for Geography as children progress into Key Stage One.
Over the year we will be auditing and reviewing the resources available in school to support teaching and learning with the aim of ensuring new, high-quality resources are available to enhance the delivery of our curriculum.
We have swiftly identified the gaps created in children’s geographical knowledge and understanding due to COVID-19 school closures. The topics covered this year aim to address any lost learning whilst still challenging children and exposing them to age related learning expectations.
As a school and as a subject, we are working hard to ensure our children receive a rich and varied exposure to key vocabulary. In order to support this, teachers are now encouraged to add a ‘Geographical vocabulary we will learn today’ section into all Geography lessons.
To consolidate learning, we are aiming for children to have some Geographical lessons taught outside to gain essential first-hand experiences and provide further opportunities for them to use their Geographical vocabulary.