Geography at Bridge
What is the intent of our Geography curriculum?
At Bridge Junior School, Geography provides the children with the opportunity to discover and explore the world around them. We believe that children should be encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding of people and places through a variety of teacher led and independent research. At Bridge we want engaging geography sessions which build memorable experiences that enthuse and excite children in the world of geography. We want the technical vocabulary to be central to the teaching session so that children understand the key component concepts of geography. Mapping skills are a focus which should be incrementally built over time, building on locational knowledge, with core physical, human and place knowledge central to the curriculum. At Bridge Junior School, children learn about the wider world as well as local areas which includes looking at physical, social and economic issues. This enables the children to develop their skills and knowledge, which in turn will enhance their understanding of the wider world and their place in it.
How will we implement our Geography curriculum?
We follow the Geography Programme of Study from the 2014 National Curriculum. At Bridge Junior School, we strive to provide our children with opportunities to become “Global Citizens,” deepening their interest and wonder in exploring the world and their place in it. We encourage children to ask and answer thoughtful questions to broaden their understanding and make connections.
We provide opportunities for our children to develop a sense of the world at local, national and global levels. They will learn to make connections between how people and the environment interact. Through fieldwork children are encouraged to become observant and develop their enquiry skills.
Our children learn to think critically, use maps, visual images and the internet to gather, analyse and present information. Our lessons are engaging and aim to motivate the children’s curiosity.
The key areas of the geography curriculum are:
- Locational Knowledge
- Place Knowledge
- Human and Physical Geography
- Geographical Skills and Fieldwork
As the children progress through the school, they develop a knowledge and understanding of the world around them and can also think about their local area and its place within the wider world. The children have an understanding of locational knowledge and understand where places are and what they are like.
We hope that we have instilled in the children a curiosity and interest in the developments of the world that will continue throughout their life.
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