Hi, I am Miss Foulstone- Year 3 Class Teacher and Geography coordinator.
Opening the Mansfield GATE through Geography
Children generate their own knowledge of the world through shaping their understanding of human and physical processes and making links to the local world around them.
Children aspire to be confident, outdoor learners who can identify patterns and trends throughout their learning.
Together, all children create a sense of belonging by communicating ideas and knowing where they fit in their community.
Children enquire about the similarities and differences between various locations to see the diversity between places, people, resources and environments.
The focus of our Geography teaching throughout the school will be on developing the following skills:
- To communicate using appropriate geography vocabulary
- To build an overview of local geography and world geography
- To investigate places, investigate patterns and communicate geographically
Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. Cross-curricular outcomes in Geography are specifically planned for where appropriate. The local area is also fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice. Planning is informed by and aligned with the national curriculum. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. Outcomes of work are regularly monitored to ensure that they reflect a sound understanding of the key identified knowledge.
Outcomes in topic books evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. Children review the agreed successes, orally, at the end of every session and are actively encouraged to identify their own target areas, with support from their teachers. Children also record what they have learned comparative to their starting points at the end of every topic. Emphasis is placed on analytical thinking and questioning which helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of local geography and that of the wider world and are curious to know more about the world they live in.