Never stop exploring the world around you. It will make you feel alive.” – Christine Joy
Langley Mill Academy’s geography curriculum is taken from the National Curriculum and is designed to teach learners geographical knowledge and skills; it will provide exciting opportunities to explore their surroundings and wider geographical issues through stimulating lessons. It is taught through our three themes of Values, Journeys and Origins.
Values – Journeys – Origins
Values – Y3: Invaders and Settlers, Y4: Romans, Y5: Ancient Greeks, Y6: Britain during WWII
Journeys – Y3: Around the World in 80 Days, Y4: How the world we know today was changed by explorers, Y5: To Boldly Go, Y6: An Unexpected Journey
Origins – Y3: Robin Hood – myth or legend? Y4: What happened in Tudor Derbyshire? Y5: What was Victorian Langley Mill like? Y6: Which is the most important valley in the world – the Nile or the Derwent?
The curriculum focuses on 3 key areas of learning:
- Geographical Knowledge, Location and Place
- Physical Geography
- Human Geography
Throughout these core aspects of the Geography Curriculum, children will develop their geographical thinking and engage in discussion where they will be encouraged to use key vocabulary to explain their thinking. Key geographical skills will be enhanced to collect, record, analyse and interpret geographical data when studying case studies and key topics. Specific geographical vocabulary will be identified and discussed at the beginning of each lesson and recapped throughout the topic. It is essential for pupils to develop a wide range of geographical terminology and a rich understanding of the meaning of vocabulary to then apply it themselves in context.
Lessons are taught grouped together around objectives within each theme and links, where meaningful, are made to other curriculum subjects. Clear planning or smartboard lesson slides will outline the specific geography objectives and overall coverage to be taught. The lesson structures will contain a main learning objective/enquiry question and a bank of key specific vocabulary which will initially open up important discussions. A quick start retrieval will be implemented to allow opportunities for children to revisit previously taught objectives and consolidate their understanding. Throughout the lessons and units taught, learners will be encouraged to discuss and debate topics and ask thought-provoking questions. Staff will strive to not only instil an understanding of the natural environment but also a critical appreciation of it. This includes: awareness of change and asking the big questions which may include elements of awe and wonder. For example: How did those mountains get there?
Children will investigate a range of places – their local area and the wider world – discussing how areas have changed and make relevant comparisons. When introduced to a new place, children will locate it on a globe, a world map, the country it is in, locate it on a county/region and be shown aerial photographs and images of it. This is useful as it builds a clear picture of where that place is relation to other places and themselves within the local area.
Within our geography curriculum, effective teaching and important geographical skills are utilised. For example: map reading, analysing photographs and sketches, undertaking fieldwork and completing outdoor learning. These are in fact life skills which, once mastered, will help pupils live a fulfilling and successful life.
By the end of their primary education at Langley Mill Academy, our learners will have gained a rich body of geographical knowledge and a wide range of transferable skills, which they can apply to other subjects and contexts. As children develop their geographical skills and awareness, we will be providing them with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Langley Mill so that they can develop of real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special. This is taught over four years through our Origins topic. We also aspire for children to leave Langley Mill Academy being able to understand, debate and discuss global environmental issues such as climate change and natural disasters. They will be inquisitive, enthusiastic young learners who seek to make a personal difference in protecting and shaping the world we share. We will see evidence of their understanding through pupil voice, the quality of written work and through teacher assessment.
The impact of the curriculum will be judged by how well the pupils can remember, understand and apply the core knowledge they have learned. Teachers can use a range of assessment tools to monitor pupil progress, for example: Starter recall quizzes, assessment for learning, structured discussion activities, independent work completely, challenge tasks, end-of-topic multiple choice quizzes, and pupil voice.
Subject leaders will monitor progress through learning walks, book looks, evidence of work and pupil discussions. Teachers will also receive feedback on the impact they are having through observation and book looks and provide an opportunity to share good practice with one another.