At Lanner we pride ourselves on our creative, inclusive curriculum. We have a carefully planned out curriculum, where a range of fiction and non-fiction books are used to provide curiosity and fascination for children’s learning. We intend to use this by ensuring our geography lessons are closely linked to our topic but also encouraging children to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. We intend that Geography lessons help to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Lanner and also to their further education and beyond.
In order to fulfil our intent for Geography, we teach it in blocks throughout the year. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure we cover national curriculum outcomes and that small steps are created to ensure progression throughout each year group. Having a clear progression model allows us to ensure that the correct progression is being made for the children to deepen their knowledge of the subject. Each area of learning will include a wide range of vocabulary that will reinforce and stretch their learning. Consideration is given to how lessons can be adapted to suit the needs of every child, allowing it to be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson. Being fortunate enough to have a range of natural environments around our local area, we utilise this to achieve the desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom.
Outcomes of learning are recorded in their topic books, which evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate a range of learning opportunities. Children review the successes of their learning depending on which key stage they are in. KS1 will discuss what they have learned in the lesson verbally and KS2 will record this in their books after their lesson. This again will help to ensure children have understood and secured the area of learning as well as teaching staff being able to assess levels of progression. We believe that using these approaches of teaching geography we provide each pupil the experiences, skills and knowledge to continue to grow as geographers. They develop the skills and confidence to work within a classroom or outside carrying out field work. Children are given the opportunity to explore geography through various trips locally and abroad.