At Diamond Wood Community Academy we believe that a quality Geography curriculum should develop children’s love of curiosity of the world, and discussion. We aim to inspire an appreciation of our world, with particular focus on the community we live in and the rich heritage that creates and shapes our identities. 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 primary curriculum.
Through teaching Geography, we want to instill a love of the world around us, which in turn will develop pride and a desire to protect it. We appreciate that Geography has great relevance in teaching for a better understanding of our society and environment. The knowledge, skills and values developed in Geography can be used to improve the world through social and environmental action and through a contribution to action about contemporary community concerns.
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.