Chesham Bois CE School
At Chesham Bois School, we believe geography education should be fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Geography; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of geographical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to develop a love for geography.
We aim to inspire pupil’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching of Geography at Chesham Bois, should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
At Chesham Bois CE School, our Geography curriculum is designed to help children understand the world, it’s environments, places near and far and the processes that create or affect them. It encourages a holistic approach of how the world works and develops the skills of place and locational knowledge, human and physical geography, mapping, fieldwork, enquiry, investigation, communication and technology.
Our whole school oracy focus underpins our vocabulary-rich Geography curriculum. Teachers use questioning, and provide opportunities for discussion and investigation to support the development of vocabulary, which is explicitly taught and modelled by teachers in every lesson. Key geographical knowledge and language (such as, the name and location of continents, countries, capital cities and oceans) is revisited frequently, to make learning memorable, relevant and easy to retrieve. We support learning with trips to inspire our children and widen their cultural experiences. Teachers are also encouraged to use a range of resources such as videos, photographs and newspaper articles during lessons to help create immersive learning experiences. Each half term, teachers are provided with a book box from our local library that is linked to the Geography topic being taught. Teachers display these books within their classroom and are regularly used for research.
The impact of our Geography curriculum is measured in a variety of ways: questioning during lesson time, marking children’s written work, listening to child-led discussion, interviewing pupils across the school about their learning, book trawls and using images/videos of children’s practical learning.
By end of the Geography curriculum at CBS, our children will:
· Have a growing knowledge of the world and their place in it.
· Have a wider vocabulary of geographical terms.
· Aspire to discover more about the world, through reading, travel or the media.
· Know that they can use their voice to express themselves and their opinions.
· Develop their geographical skills, such as, evaluation, creativity, problem solving and enquiry.