Aims and objectives:
The teaching of Geography at Dairy Meadow is all about inspiring curiosity about the world and people around them where they learn about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments. Pupils will be given opportunities to deepen their understanding of how physical processes and their own actions have an impact on the Earth.
Teaching and Learning:
Teachers at Dairy Meadow use Cornerstones to select and plan Geography lessons based on their given topic. Cornerstones provides the subject content and resources that teachers can adapt allowing them to meet the needs of all pupils.
In Key Stage 1, pupils will develop their locational and place knowledge of the United Kingdom and one contrasting non-European country. They will learn subject specific vocabulary related to human and physical geography and work towards becoming confident at geographical skills such as using maps and simple compass directions.
In Key Stage 2, pupils will expand their knowledge understanding beyond the local area and United Kingdom by including Europe, North and South America. They will be given the opportunity to learn in more detail key aspects of human and physical geography, identifying the similarities and differences between human and physical characteristics within a variety of countries. Pupils will be given the chance to use digital technology and partake in workshops to enhance their geographical skills and fieldwork.
Geography is catered for all learners at Dairy Meadow. In order to understand the meaning of key vocabulary and important concepts teachers ensure they scaffold their lessons appropriately and differentiate activities so that all children can access the learning. Making links to the children’s own backgrounds and experiences is also essential in ensuring Geography is inclusive to all children.
There are a number of ways teachers assess Geography at Dairy Meadow. At the end of each Geography lesson a key question is asked which the children should be able to answer from the knowledge gained in the lesson. Children are also expected to complete metacognition questions throughout the topic which allows them to reflect on their learning and simultaneously allows teachers to assess how much the children have understood. End of unit assessments are also another opportunity for teachers to assess the children’s strengths and address any gaps in their learning.
Teachers will be given opportunities to voice their opinions through Geography surveys and professional conversations. Teachers will review the impact of the Cornerstones topics they have taught and what further support they require in delivering high quality Geography lessons. The feedback gathered from these surveys will provide information for next steps and how to best support staff development in teaching Geography.
Monitoring and Evaluating:
Learning Walks will be carried out to gather pupil voice and provide opportunities to hear what the children have learnt and enjoyed in their Geography lessons. Book looks will ensure high quality teaching and learning of Geography is consistent throughout Dairy Meadow.
Trips to the local area will provide children with first hand experiences in fieldwork and provide opportunities for children to bring their learning to life. Children will be able to apply the skills and knowledge learnt in the classroom to the outside world such as map reading skills and gain a better understanding of human and physical characteristics of Geography. Geography related workshops will also enhance the children’s learning as key concepts will be expressed through voice, movement, role play and drama.
Skills Builder Links:
At Dairy Meadow all 8 essential skills are utilised and developed in the teaching of Geography. There are many opportunities for children to apply their knowledge of Geography in Skills Builder projects. For example in 'Going Green' children work to raise awareness of ‘green’ issues within their local community. Also in ‘Trash to Treasure’ children explore environmentalism by designing and pitching their own eco-toy.