Geography – Intent Statement
At Wren Park, we believe that Geography helps children to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it.
The geography curriculum at Wren Park is designed to enable children to become independent and confident learners, developing key knowledge of four areas (locational knowledge, place knowledge, Human and physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork). Teaching of geography aims to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in geography, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school, ensuring children know more and remember more. This gives children the opportunity to revisit, build upon and apply key geographical skills in their geography lessons, across the curriculum and in their wider lives.
Geography is taught within topics in each year group and helps to encourage questioning and explore and investigate answers to questions about natural and human aspects of the world. At Wren Park, we make use of the natural and large school grounds, allowing each year group to learn in nature. Children are given opportunities to develop an understanding of geographical features and make comparisons through fieldwork during their time in school. At Wren Park, we celebrate the diversity of the school community, including within our local area, and develop children’s understanding of the world and various cultures, as well as enhancing the children’s global connectivity and their sense of place within the world.
Through our planning and implementation, we aim to enhance children’s subject vocabulary through learning the definitions of key geographical words. We aim to ensure that children at Wren Park are equipped with geographical skills and knowledge and to inspire in children a curiosity, understanding and fascination about the world around them. It is our aim that children understand subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation and visits, to enhance their awareness of their locality and beyond. We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about geography through a hands-on approach, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences for now and the future.