Geography

This page provides details about what Geography looks like at Crayke Primary. It includes our Intent Statement, our coverage and progression document and our “jigsaw” explaining how teaching and learning in Geography links to our four core values of Friendship, Forgiveness, Respect and Determination.

The Geography Subject Leader is: Mrs Rayner.

Geography Intent Statement

Ensuring access to a rich, broad and balanced curriculum, based upon and framed by our school values of Respect, Determination, Friendship and Forgiveness, is at the heart of Crayke’s provision…

Rationale

The fundamental aim of Crayke Church of England Primary School is to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations; creating citizens of the future who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society.

Geography intent:

Being a Crayke Geographer means that pupils learn:

  • An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like.
  • An excellent understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated.
  • An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
  • Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical and presentational techniques.
  • The ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain findings.
  • Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity as shown in interpretations and representations of the subject matter.
  • Highly developed and frequently utilised fieldwork and other geographical skills and techniques.
  • A passion for and commitment to the subject, and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there.
  • The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and the environment.

 Geography implementation:

Meeting National Curriculum requirements, we deliver a rich, broad and balanced curriculum. Crayke engages all learning styles using a variety of resources which support the teaching of the curriculum. The wider learning culture is promoted through our school values of ‘Determination, Respect, Friendship and Forgiveness’ and through a culture of our aspirational ‘Crayke Growth Mindset’.

EYFS:

The EYFS Curriculum for Understanding the World: People and Communities is taught in a variety of ways through adult-led and adult-supported tasks and child initiated learning in well resourced provision areas, both indoors and outdoors.

KS1 & KS2:

Using the National Curriculum and the Essentials Curriculum (see attached), we follow a rolling 2 year programme (Year A and Year B) This ensures that all key topics are covered and supports the progression of skills across our mixed age classes.

Our curriculum is built through a thematic, topic-based approach which makes connections in skills and knowledge.

Where appropriate, we block learning in order to immerse children fully. Where relevant and possible, we offer enrichment activities to motivate, excite and inspire pupils in the form of ‘Stunning Starts’, ‘Marvellous Middles’ and ‘Fabulous Finishes’ – these may take the form of trips, visitors, theme days, achievement assemblies, exhibitions etc..

We link our topics to key texts that will enrich language and provide context to learning; our topics will be learning challenges based around a key question ‘the big question’ as a starting point e.g. ‘What is it like to live in Australia?’ We follow our lesson structure (see attached) making connections and spotting values through our Geography lessons.

Creatively produced topic books give children a sense of pride in the presentation of their work.

Geography impact:

Impact will be measured by assessing against the Essentials Curriculum milestones statements through ‘Insight pupil tracking’ as:

  • Taught, but not yet understood
  • Some evidence, but not yet secure
  • Objective secured
  • Working at greater depth

Crayke geographers will be able to demonstrate the essential characteristics of geographers detailed in the Intent section above.

They will successfully be able to:

  • Investigate places
  • Investigate patterns
  • Communicate geographically

They will use the school Christian values of Respect, Determination, Friendship and Forgiveness to drive their Geography attainment and show progress against the Essentials milestones alongside demonstrating aspiration, confidence, independence as they develop in to citizens of the future.

Geography Coverage and Progression