Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises ten Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.
We have designed the Geography curriculum with the aim to provide teaching and learning which encourages the children to be inquisitive about the world around them and further afield. The children are taught about different places, different people to help them understand both physical and human processes.
At Bawdeswell Primary we follow the National Curriculum guidance for Geography. We work on a 2-year rolling programme and we adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of the children. The learning is sequenced to enable the children to always build on previous learning to deepen and broaden their understanding of Geography. Links are made to other areas of the Curriculum including links to the Science Curriculum (Seasons, Animals in India, Desert Life), Design and Technology (American Food)
In Reception the children are taught often through play and stories about the world around them and further afield. The children learn to use words which describe both physical and human features, for example beach, forest, town, village, farm and river.
The teaching is planned to broaden this knowledge and understanding into Year 1 and 2 when the children start to learn about oceans, continents and more about the United Kingdom. They also learn about other countries (Artic adventures, Let’s go on safari) and learn the skills and vocabulary to enable them to make comparisons between contrasting places.
They also learn to identify the seasons (Four seasons) and daily weather patterns.
Learning opportunities are planned to enable the children’s geographical skills to develop over KS1. The children have access to a range of maps, atlases, globes, photographs, films and school trips/local walks are used to provide real life learning experiences. (My world and me, Where do I live?)
In Year 3 and 4 they learn to identify more countries in Europe (Our European neighbours) and North and South America (The USA)
Their physical and human geographical knowledge deepens in the topics Volcanoes, The River Nile, learning about different types of settlements and land use.
In Year 5 and 6 the children learn to name and locate counties and cities in the UK, land use and how this has changed over time (The United Kingdom).
They also continue to develop their ability to describe and understand physical and human geography; learning about trade links, natural resources including food, minerals and water in preparation for their learning in KS3 (Investigating rivers, The Grand Canyon, Extreme earth).
Learning opportunities are planned to enable the children’s geographical skills to develop over KS2. The children continue to have access to globes, maps, and atlases etc. and they learn to use a compass and ‘read’ Ordnance survey maps. (Investigating our local area).
This is underpinned by our Values and Ethos statement which shows our aim is for the children to:
‘Love your learning’
This is also underpinned in our ‘Learning Wheel’
‘Be curious, inquisitive and have the confidence to explore.’