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‘Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?’ Michael Palin
At Navigation Primary School, we want every child to be inspired, curious and fascinated about the world and its people. We want them to be enthusiastic and excited learners of geography. By the time children leave Navigation they will be geographers who have developed a wide range of wonderful and rich memories in geography formed through stimulating, varied and thought-provoking experiences. As well as developing key skills, we want children to develop enough sticky knowledge to be able to articulate and discuss their own understanding and opinions on the subject of Geography. Our aim is that pupils of Navigation Primary School should be able to debate current topics with kindness, respect and with a solid grounding on the subject area; ready to make a positive difference to the world around them. Our topic-based approach is inspirational and exciting for children. To explain how we teach geography, we have broken this page into three broad sections:
Intent: the knowledge and skills that pupils will gain
Implementation: how the curriculum developed or adopted by the school is taught
Impact: the outcomes that pupils achieve as a result of the education they have received
Curriculum Vision Statement:
‘By the time children leave Navigation, they will have developed knowledge of the world and its places. They will understand differences and similarities between people and places around the world and develop an appreciation for the diversity of the planet and the need to protect the natural environment.’
Our curriculum vision statement outlines our broad goals for geography, whereas below our whole school curriculum progression map gives a detailed breakdown of what each year group is taught. Below this, there is also an overview of the different units of work that each year group covers. You can also download these documents at the bottom of the page or click in the top right corner to expand it into a new window.
At Navigation, we teach geography thematically through our topic lessons. These lessons are taught weekly. Even when the topic is history based, there are elements of geography present within the unit. For example, locating where in the world the area of study is and drawing comparisons between now and then. Carefully planned topics of learning in ensure consistency and progression for all learners. Cross-curricular outcomes in geography are specifically planned for, with strong links between geography and all other curriculum subjects.
Each subject is driven forward by a member of staff who monitors the attainment and progress of our children. We do this in a variety of ways including speaking to children, looking at their learning in their books, observing lessons and using data gathered from our school’s assessment system. This analysis can then be used to provide support and resources where needed to maintain high standards across all subjects.
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