Our geography curriculum is designed to enable our children:
To have a greater understanding of the physical and human world in which they live by providing a broad range of opportunities.
To observe, interact with and learn from the physical and human world while developing basic skills.
Be environmentally aware, respectful and responsible including through fieldwork.
We want our children to be real geographers, while acknowledging their unique personal backgrounds.
Geography at Crumpsall Lane is built around three main Big Ideas: Investigate Places, Human and Physical Features and Geographical Skills and Fieldwork. These concepts run through and across year groups, ensuring children are able to build knowledge and skills through time. In this way, our chosen units act as vehicles for these concepts. Objectives which have a repeated theme CONNECT prior learning with new learning and it is through our Connect Objectives that children are able to make links between the information they learn in order to build knowledge.
Our geography curriculum has been designed to be highly relevant to the children’s experiences and backgrounds. This is clearly demonstrated by the human geography element of the curriculum. The two themes we have decided to focus on are ‘Settlement’ and ‘Tourism’. ‘Settlement’ was chosen because the children live in Manchester, which is a highly significant city settlement in the UK and ‘Travel and Tourism’ because a large proportion of our children have experienced travel, since their families’ places of origin are abroad.
UK objectives have been sequenced to form mini units of work. This enables children to build up their knowledge of the UK over time in a meaningful way .