The Phoenix Primary School & Nursery, Leinster Rd, Basildon, SS15 5NQ
Geography Vision Statement
What is the vision for Geography at The Phoenix Primary School and Nursery?
At The Phoenix Primary School and Nursery, we believe that the Geography curriculum is both stimulating and thought provoking; providing answers to questions about both the natural and human aspects of the world. Careful consideration has been given to ensuring continuity and progression within Geography in terms of knowledge and understanding, geographical skills and conceptual development. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. It is also hoped that the curriculum will inspire some children to consider careers in the future where geographical skills are key.
Finally, Geography is seen as a discipline that is open to all; regardless of ability, gender, cultural background or ethnicity.
How is this vision for Geography to be achieved?
Children who take part in Geography lessons will:
How does the school know if the Geography curriculum has been effective?
Firstly, children will have an excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like. They will also have developed a clear understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated.
Children will be fluent in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical and presentational techniques. Importantly, the children will acquire the ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain findings.
They will also have acquired sufficient insight from the Geography curriculum to discuss and address key societal issues such as climate change, migration and the management of Earth’s finite resources. In order to learn how to truly share the planet in a sustainable way, we need to teach values as well as skills. Climate change knows no boundaries, so we need to raise a generation that can also see beyond boundaries. Helping children get to know the natural world around them can forge a lasting connection. That connection will help them feel truly invested in protecting the planet.
Through enquiry-based learning, the children will also have acquired both the geographical knowledge and skills to access the subject at secondary school, and beyond. Indeed, some children may be inspired enough to consider future careers where geographical skills are key.
Finally, they will foster a passion for and commitment to the subject, and a real sense of curiosity to find out more about the world and the people who live there.
Units of work demonstrate clear progression in the skills and knowledge taught, both within a year group and across the phase. Children’s progress is measured and recorded using the progression of skills assessment sheet at the end of each unit. The children themselves also record what they have learned, comparative to their starting points, at the end of every topic.