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The Rosary Catholic Primary School

Geography

Intent

At The Rosary Primary School, pupils are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. Geography is a knowledge rich subject and the geography curriculum at The Rosary Catholic Primary School enables our children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas.

As not all class teachers are geography specialists, we have designed a clearly sequenced curriculum that is rich in knowledge and that asks questions of our pupils as they study each topic. This encourages deeper thought and reflection. In our programme, these questions are denoted by the term Rosary Geographer. Teachers can however include their own ‘take’ on a topic and adapt the delivery to a way that suits their own class.

Our aim is for our pupils to know more and to remember more in geography. We aim for them to know more by making the core knowledge for each topic explicit. We aim for them to remember more through pop quizzes, the use of knowledge organisers and regular revision of key dates and facts.

We aim that our pupils will:

  • have a sense of curiosity and enjoyment through high quality resources, books, technologies; to participate in independent and self-directed research
  • have experience of Cultural Capital in a variety of different forms by exposing them to a wide range of experiences; school trips, experience days, use of digital technologies; and to study the significance and diversity of people and cultures
  • be resilient, independent and self-motivated by participating in class debates and discussions on current geographical topics where they are able to express themselves and boost their confidence and self-esteem
  • ask questions and problem solve by asking questions, exploring texts and searching for meanings
  • To be global citizens of the twenty first century by seeking to inspire in our pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Through approaching geography in this manner, we encourage an interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources, and natural and human environments as well as an interest in our planet’s future and the issues this presents.

Implementation

We value a knowledge led curriculum where we also aim to develop children’s thinking and reasoning.

We have developed a bespoke curriculum for the school that adheres to the requirements of the National Curriculum. Our curriculum has been designed to develop knowledge and skills progressively. Pupils build on these year on year as they move through the school and pupils are therefore able to make links between different geography topics and other areas of the curriculum.

We make good use of our locality and ensure that our teaching is rich in vocabulary. We use ‘living’ working walls to record our learning in geography each week so that previous learning can be referred to and links made.

Teachers utilise the local area as well as guest speakers (where applicable) to achieve the desired outcomes.

We have designed our own Learn, Recall and Remember prompts. These fact sheets contain key geographical information.  These are revisited regularly throughout a topic through frequent quick fire questioning and informal quizzes. We aim for our pupils to know more and remember more.

Impact

We measure the impact of our geography curriculum through the following methods:

  • In Class Feedback

In Geography, we understand that feedback in linked to progress and has to be timely to make an impact. In class feedback is used to support teacher’s workload, ensure it is as immediate and timely and specific as possible

  • Assessment

Geography is a subject that embraces discussion and reflection. Teachers therefore assess oral contribution in lessons i.e. the confidence and ability of a pupil to express ideas based or based upon opinion and perspective.

Pupils complete a double page spread at the end of each geography topic to show their understanding of key geographical knowledge.

Same day interventions are also used to pick up on misconceptions from the current days teaching and learning.

  • Teaching Assistants and Interventions

Teaching assistants may be used in geography lessons in the following ways:

  • to support the writing/language element of a task
  • to encourage pupil debate in small groups
  • to encourage the use of accurate geographical vocabulary

  • School reports

Attainment in geography is reported to parents at the end of the school year.

Our geography curriculum prepares pupils well for further geography study at Key Stage 3 and beyond.

At The Rosary Catholic Primary School we believe that geography is an integral part of understanding our place in the world and how we can contribute to its future.

Useful Geography Websites

Year 1: Where Do I Live?

Eden Project - How to build an insect home 
BBC Bitesize - The parts of a plant
BBC Bitesize - The life cycle of a plant 
Woodland Trust - British Trees 

Year 1: Amazing Animals

BBC Bitesize - Animals including humans 

Year 2: Contrasting Localities 

BBC Bitesize - Life of the Maasai 

Year 2: Transport

British Science Week 
History of Cars 
London Transport Museum 

Year 2: Under the Sea 

Newsround - Plastic polluting our oceans 

Year 3: Natural Disaster!

Newsround - Children of the drought

Year 3: Perfect Planet?

National Geographic Kids - 10 Facts about Polar Bears 
The Kids Guide to Global Warming 
Newsround - Global Warming
Cool Kid Facts - Global Warming
The School Run - Caring for the environment 
GOV.UK - Government delivers new £10 million fund to plant 130000 new trees 
GOV.UK - England's marine life protected with new blue belt expansion 
Twinkl - Air Pollution: Is it really a big deal? 
Friends of the Earth 
GOV.UK - Gove takes action to ban plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton buds 

Year 4: Water, Water Everywhere!

Newsround - The problem with plastic 
YouTube - Measuring the Amazon river 
WaterAid - KS2 Resources 
WaterAid - Book a Speaker  
Water Use It Wisely 

Year 4: Heston Detectives

St Leonard's Church 

Year 5: Contrasting Regions

YouTube - Caribbean drone footage
YouTube - Isle of White drone footage
YouTube - Catalunya drone footage 

Year 5: United Kingdom Explorer

Major Rivers of England

Year 6: Explorers/North and South America

Google Maps - South America