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Intent, Implementation and Impact

Intent

For Geography at the Berkeley Academy we like to inspire pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.  We promote this through are wide and varied curriculum that linked to other areas of our learning. 

 

It is important that the way we teach the curriculum promotes the 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.  

 

Our Geography curriculum starts with a good understanding of our local area and landmarks that are important to the children, then the locality of London and why this area is important to our country. Through linking our curriculum areas we allow the children to learn more about the area around the school, our city, the UK and the wider world. The way we teach the curriculum promotes and encourages exploration of issues that affect the world today and into the future. 

 

The children will learn to make connections, to identify patterns, to embed key concepts and vocabulary as well as exploring some aspects in more depth. 

  • Develop a wider understanding of Geographical skills by linking it to other areas of the curriculum.
  • Increase and develop their geographical skills, concepts, knowledge and attitudes. 
  • Increase their understanding of location and place; to explore physical and human geography and develop their fieldwork and mapping skills. 
  • Develop and use their skills in enquiry, data collection, analysis and evaluation. 
  • Develop a sense of identity through learning about places and people around the world.

 

Implementation

Children in Year 1-6 learn Geography though a wider curriculum linked to other areas of our learning. Geography is taught in termly blocks, by different year groups, that are carefully and cleverly linked to other areas. Our reading and writing schemes help to promote the learning through topics exploring diverse aspects of our planet and its people. Topics are chosen because they build cultural capital, prepare them for the world of the future, excite and enthuse them. We explore the richness of our local area too, including transport and rivers. 

 

Termly units can be taught through block lessons/ weekly lessons/ alongside individual skills lessons or through linking  to our reading and writing schemes.

 

Our Early years and nursery department promote the learning of Geography through a wide and varied curriculum linked to ‘Understanding the world’ and promoting the sense of self-enquiry and building upon children’s own understanding and experiences.

 

Impact

We know our children are learning and making progress in Geography when: 

  • The curriculum is implemented effectively 
  • The topics are linked to other areas of learning.
  • Learning in their books is purposeful, varied, clear and of a high quality 
  • They can demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts.
  • They know and can use relevant vocabulary. 
  • They are interested in the world across time and place. 
  • The children have a good understanding of the local area.
  • They have the skills to understand how to use a map/ compass and atlas.

 

Our monitoring of the Geography curriculum shows that children have a good understanding of the curriculum, understand about their local area, the country we live in and starting to understand about the wider world, cultures people locations. Children are learning more Geography vocabulary linked to their units and showing the skills like map reading to develop. Monitoring and careful planning is showing how the Berkeley academy is promoting the curriculum through other areas of the curriculum especially our love of reading and books. 

 

Pupil voice meetings with children expressed how the children had enjoyed going into greater depth  of areas of Geography through our reading and writing schemes. 

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