At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School we follow the National Curriculum for Geography which opens with this phrase:
‘… inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.’
St Joseph’s pupils’ are taught to appreciate, value and wonder at the world around them through our Catholic ethos – it is our intention, therefore, that their understanding and sense of awe, the main aim of the National Curriculum for Geography, is at the heart of our developing curriculum framework.
Our framework, which runs over a 2 year cycle, starts in the Foundation Stage where children explore the world using their immediate environment, before studying the UK and contrasting areas of the wider world in Key Stage 1. In Key Stage 2, pupils build on earlier studies of the UK in more depth, as well as learning about Europe and the Americas.
Geography is taught discretely using a range of engaging starting points and resources, including the use of story, interactive maps, a powerful image or drama workshops. Children are increasingly building their skills using new technology and opportunities are taken to develop their knowledge through cross curricular topics and whole school initiatives. In addition, children learn about their locality and beyond through issues affecting different parts of the world, arising from: topics in the news; their own interest and families; and school or class assemblies.
Regular opportunities are taken for field trips to ensure the children apply and link their knowledge and skills from maps, texts and pictures to real places. Such opportunities include visits to the local area – for example the River Thames; as well as sites, such as Horton Kirby, and the opportunity for Year 6 to go further afield to the Isle of Wight for their school journey.