Geography at North Wootton Academy
At North Wootton, we believe through the teaching of Geography we can engage children in the world – both locally and globally and this is thus central to developing our school value of ‘Wonder’ and ‘Open-Mindedness’ as it allows the pupils to understand the diversity of the world.
Through this subject, we aim to promote an investigatory environment in which children are open to asking and answering questions about the natural and human worlds, therefore encouraging them to develop a greater understanding of their world and their place in it. Transferable skills like investigating and problem-solving are nurtured too within our teaching of Geography. These support children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Through Geography, we develop an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills which seek to inspire children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and which people will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote children’s interest and understanding about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
Through the agreed curriculum of the Eastern Multi-Academy Trust, North Wootton Academy has made it our own and through this aims to ensure that all children:
- develop age-appropriate, accurate knowledge of the location, physical and human characteristics of a wide range of globally significant places including terrestrial and marine locations
- use this knowledge to provide a geographical context to study and understand the actions of important geographical processes
- understand that these processes give rise to the key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about variation and change to the geographical landscape
- are able to use geographical vocabulary which is appropriate and accurate and which develops and evolves from EYFS to KS1 and through to KS2
- collect, analyse and present a range of data, gathered through experiences of fieldwork, to deepen understanding of geographical processes
- use and interpret a wide range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs
- develop skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) (software and interactive resources) which allow for digital mapping, analysis of data and data models
- are able to communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length
- to fulfil the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum for Geography
- to promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development helping them to have a greater understanding of their place in the world, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment
Within geography, we aim to provide investigative learning opportunities to help children gain a coherent knowledge of understanding of each unit of work covered throughout the school. This knowledge is assessed through quizzes and end of topic tasks. In addition, the school tracks key skills such as mapping which are recorded within the school’s electronic markbooks.