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The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop knowledge of the location of places, seas and oceans, including their defining physical and human characteristics.

  • Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world.

  • Are competent in the use of geographical skills such as field work, map reading and data analysis.

Geography is taught through themes at Waterville Primary School built around an over-arching research question. We have updated our Geography curriculum to further develop a long-term plan that ensures a progression of skills and knowledge from Reception to Year 6. Through careful links and regular revisiting, we have produced a thematic geography curriculum which enables the pupils to learn more and remember more. This will set the pupils up for future success to explore lifelong learning journeys, an element that is central to our vision for children at Waterville Primary School.

Geographical skills are taught in a progression that builds through the school, allowing for key skills and knowledge to be regularly revisited so it stays with pupils throughout their learning journey. To develop geographical understanding, pupils regularly use map reading skills as well as being taught to interpret globes, draw their own maps and use symbols. Pupils of all ages are encouraged to develop their investigation ideas and interpret a range of geographical sources as well as undertake fieldwork.

The curriculum follows a set pattern that enables the pupils to revisit prior learning, which enhances their understanding of new concepts. This aids pupils to build their knowledge and understanding further. Further long- and medium-term plans have been created which detail this use of prior knowledge and links to next steps of learning. These are used by teachers to plan interesting and engaging learning experiences for all pupils.

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