Subject leader: Mrs Shami
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our geography curriculum intent
‘The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map.
It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents.’
— Barack Obama —
At Pennoweth, we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are supported and encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world and their place in it. Our curriculum, taken from Cornerstones, enables children to progressively develop knowledge, skills and vocabulary, which are transferable to other areas of the curriculum and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Through a well-planned and well-resourced curriculum, we develop children’s curiosity about the world and its people, and promote 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.
The culture of our DNA at Pennoweth also aids and supports the teaching of geography.
Always starting our geography lessons with a recap of our local geography ensures children feel safe before embarking on adventures around the world in profound and purposeful learning. Mistakes are seen as stepping stones to deeper learning. There is a sense of awe and wonder about the world which includes them as people which shows how much they are loved. They are able to be responsible for their learning in geography through using a wide range of resources such as atlases, globes, technology and books to aid their understanding of the world. The children are engaged and motivated in their learning due to immersive, stimulating projects which leave children in amazement of the world we live in, eager to find out more processes, skills and knowledge. Finally, our children are ready. Ready to face the wider world armed with geographical knowledge, skills and vocabulary which will help them succeed as they discover for themselves the magnitude of our amazing planet.
I liked learning all of the capital cities of the countries of the united kingdom because then I will know them because when I’m older, I can go and explore them. Eleanor
I liked learning to use maps to find different places in the world because it’s interesting. Harrison
I liked learning about Big Ben because I didn’t know that Big Ben is the name of the bell in the tower and not the tower itself. Albie
I liked learning the song ‘Seven Continents, Five Oceans’ because it helped me to learn all the names. Kyson
It was fun to learn about all the landmarks in London, like the London Eye because it looked really beautiful. Layla
It was fun to learn to draw Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament because it helped me to picture them in my head. I really want to go and see them one day. River
I liked when we walked into town and went to the church and saw how Christians get ready for Christmas. It was really fun! Lilly-beth
I liked learning about the Tudor houses because we got to make them. It really surprised me because the top was bigger than the bottom. And people could shake hands with their neighbours because the streets were so narrow. Kyson
Ivy, Year 4, 'I enjoyed going on the field trip where we looked out for physical and human features in the town. I also liked mapping the route on a map and using a key.'
Sophia, Year 4, 'I liked learning about the 50 states of America and locating them on a map.'
Ruby, Year 4, 'I liked it when we learned about the Rocky Mountains because there was lots of beautiful scenery and we created an information text about them.'
Alicia – I like this topic because it helps us understand what is going on in the world.
Harry – I enjoy learning about the different animals in the arctic and Antarctic
Emelija – I have enjoyed this topic as I didn’t know how animals adapt in the polar regions and now I do.
Samuel – I enjoy learning about Frozen Kingdoms because you get to know things you don’t really get to know, like in our investigation when we have looked at how quickly icebergs melt.
Chloe – I enjoy learning facts, e.g. how deep icebergs go and how far animals can swim.
DJ – I like that we get to learn about David Attenborough and his adventures
Izzy – I liked learning about food chains because it was good to learn about what different animals eat.
Kyron – I like that we learnt a lot of things about climate change and how it affects animals’ habitats.
Sienna – I liked looking at the polar bear tracker to see how far polar bears travel.
Callie – I liked when we could make our own digital scrapbook about icebergs as we could learn lots of interesting facts.
Walter: I liked when we were learning about all the animals that live in the Artic and Antarctic and where they are located. This tied in with our Science, where we learnt about how they have adapted to live in their environment. I also liked learning about the top ten largest icebergs and about Robert Falcon Scott.