What does Geography look like now?
At Hambleton Primary Academy, our vision is that Geography teaches an understanding of places and environments. Through their work in geography, children learn about their local area and compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. They learn how to draw and interpret maps and they develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving. We encourage children to ask as well as answer geographical questions. We offer them the opportunity to use a variety of data, such as maps, statistics, graphs, pictures, and aerial photographs, we enable them to use IT and provide real-life experiences both inside and outside of school to enhance their learning.
Geography – The best we can be…
The topics that are planned for within KS1 ensures that key geographical skills are built upon prior learning. In KS2 children have the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge through planned progression built into the key skills. The subject Coordinator along with other teaching staff should review how Geography is taught and whether we decide to keep it has key skills in KS2 or teach as part of a topic. We should continue with the development of high quality teaching, offering opportunities for CPD for the subject Coordinator and other teaching staff. In addition, I have been in contact with Unity Subject Coordinator who has recently rewritten the Geography curriculum map, Also, a cluster group is being set up with both primary and secondary colleagues to share good practises and ideas.