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AvenueInfant School

Geography

Curriculum Intent: Geography

              Possibilities - To have high aspirations and know all of the opportunities available to                                                    them.

               Initiative -       To take risks, become independent thinkers and be responsible for                                                            themselves.

                 Growth -         To recognise and celebrate their own individual journey, understanding                                                their own uniqueness and strengths and those of others

Characteristics of a Geographer        

During their time here at The Avenue, we want our children to:

  • Develop a knowledge of our town and its place within the world
  • Develop a knowledge of other places that are significant for different reasons
  •  Learn how people and features of the environment have an effect upon each other
  • Be able to interpret and discuss different maps and other resources
  • Complete fieldwork in the local area and be confident to explain their findings using geographical language
  • Show curiosity about the world around us and a want to find out more

Implementation:

Our pupils should be able to organise their knowledge, skills and understanding into the following threshold concepts:

  •  Locality
  • Human and Physical Processes
  • Investigate and interpret geographical information
  • Geographical communication

These key concepts underpin the children’s learning through the year groups from Reception to Year 2. This enables pupils to reinforce and build upon prior learning, make connections and develop subject specific language. 

The vertical accumulation of knowledge and skills from Years R to 2 is mapped as follows:

PROGRESSION IN THRESHOLD CONCEPTS

The procedural and semantic knowledge pupils need to understand the threshold concepts

THRESHOLD CONCEPTS

RECEPTION STEP- FOUNDATIONS TO BASIC

YEAR 1 STEP- BASIC

YEAR 2 STEP- ADVANCING TO DEEP

G1- Locality

Understand significant places

Understand significant places, defining their physical and human characteristics

G2- Human and Physical Processes

Similarities and differences in places

Know how the environment is influenced by physical processes and human activity

G3- Investigate and interpret geographical information

Know places can be represented in different ways

Use and begin to interpret a range of sources of geographical information

Use and interpret a wider range of geographical information

G4- Geographical communication

Know some subject specific vocabulary and use in conversation

Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways including within experiences of fieldwork

Aspirations For The Future

Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs.

Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Geographer:

·         Marine Biologist (studying the oceans)

·         Ecologist (looking at the relationship between people, plants and animals in different habitats)

·         Weather presenter

·         Farmer

For more careers, please visit First Careers

Impact

Assessment

Through the explicit teaching of the Geographical skills, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. Our assessment systems enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time.   

Pupil Voice

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Snapshots

Here is what Geography looks like at The Avenue: