Our Geography subject lead is Mrs McNally.
At Tow Law Millennium Primary School we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum at Tow Law Millennium Primary School enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. Our geography teaching begins from an early age; in EYFS children have great opportunities to interact with their environment. They are encouraged to look at similarities and differences in relation to places and explore their own immediate environment. Pupils in our school generally have a good level of knowledge about the countryside, however they have limited knowledge and understanding of urban areas. Our curriculum addresses these limitations as we seek to inspire in our children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the 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 curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Tow Law Millennium Primary School and also to their further education and beyond.
Geography at Tow Law Millennium Primary is taught in blocks throughout the year (3 units per year on a two year rolling programme), so that children can achieve depth in their learning. The coordinator has, alongside teachers, identified the key knowledge and skills of each blocked topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. This is done through the concept of scale. Each year, teaching begins with a local scale, moving to a European scale and finally a world scale (and comparison work for KS2). The sequence of learning ensures that lessons are relevant and takes account of children’s different starting points. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion and equality. The local area and community are utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom. Where required, CPD is provided to staff members to increase confidence and knowledge of geographical teaching.
Outcomes in geography books and our progression grids, evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context as shown through pupil discussions about their learning. Geographical understanding, as well as children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, is further supported by the school’s developing links with our international partner school. At Tow Law Millennium, the monitoring of foundation subjects is carried out following the whole school annual monitoring programme. The subject coordinator also monitors progress, evidence and pupil voice termly.
Please follow this link to view our curriculum policies.