At St Mary’s Fields Primary School geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world which in turn develops their curiosity to explore the world.
We are proud of our diverse community and seek to inspire children’s fascination about the world; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Children are provided with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Leicester so that they can develop of real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special. The geography curriculum aims to not only develop each child’s investigative side in all areas of geography but their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Our curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive and transferable throughout their time at school, to their further education and beyond.
At St Mary’s Fields Primary School, we focus on the whole child. Therefore, geography is taught in cross curricular topics to ensure children can understand how they link together and experience all areas equally. Geographical knowledge and skills have been organised into each enquiry question (topic) and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. Within each topic and lesson, careful consideration is placed on children’s background knowledge, understanding of vocabulary and how this can be linked to our local area. This is supported through specific topic knowledge organiser which are provided at the beginning of each topic. Furthermore, teachers are encouraged to consider opportunities available to use the school grounds and the local area for fieldwork to enable children to base learning on first hand experiences to enhance teaching and learning in Geography.
Children will have developed the geographical knowledge and skills to help them explore, navigate and understand the world around them and their place in it as well as an appreciation of their local area. Children’s knowledge and skills will develop progressively as they move through the school, not only to enable them to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum but to prepare them to become competent geographers in secondary education and beyond.