Geography is taught using a variety of enriching learning tools, such as first-hand experiences, using books, maps and digital technology. At the beginning of each topic, children are able to convey what they know already as well as what they would like to find out. This informs the programme of study and also ensures that lessons are relevant and take account of children’s different starting points.
Consideration is given to how individual children will be taught in each lesson to ensure all pupils are challenged, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. We provide regular opportunities for children to explore our area and to strengthen geographical skills, such as fieldwork and map reading. We have many geography focused trips at our school including Littlehampton beach, Highdown, exploring the Rustington area and the Year 6 residential.
Cross curricular outcomes in geography are specifically planned for, with strong links between geography, science and Forest School lessons. As a school, we have specific geography days, including International Day and Earth Day, to fulfil our curriculum and explore geography in a creative way. We use nearby locations for educational visits that link with current topics to enhance the cultural capital of our pupils and give learners a better awareness of local landmarks. Also, it embeds first-hand learning outside the classroom into our lessons.
We promote a language-rich Geography curriculum in each topic that encourages children to use subject-specific vocabulary.