At Birch Hill we believe that Geography education should inspire children’s curiosity about the world and its people. With this in mind, our aim is to not only deliver the National Curriculum but encourage children to develop interests about the continuously changing world and how and why things happen. As children progress in knowledge and skills, we aim to deepen their understanding of the relationships between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Our aim is that this, in turn, will inspire our children to want to change the world for the better and understand ways in which they can positively contribute to improving sustainability of life on Earth.
National Curriculum Aims
The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
- understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
- collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
- interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length
Our curriculum topics are designed to be coherent and sequences, building on children’s prior knowledge. Through exciting and investigative lessons, we equip children with knowledge about diversity, places, people, resources and natural and human environments as well as encourage a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
Geography In Action:
At Birch Hill our children don’t just learn Geography, they experience it. From exploring the local area in Year 1 to extending their travels to places further afield in Year 6.