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Intent

At Waverley Junior Academy, we believe that Geography is a key subject for promoting curiosity and asking questions to delve deeper into the understanding of the world we live in. Throughout each unit of work, we actively encourage children to develop a better knowledge of the world through enquiry questions. Our Geography curriculum is designed to ensure that pupils continually build on their knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments. As well as this, they will gain a better understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes and understand why it is important to respect them. Our ultimate aim is to inspire our children to have a curiosity and fascination about the world and the people that live upon it. Through high quality teaching, we hope that their love for Geography will remain with them for the rest of their lives making them well rounded citizens and equipping them for the future in further education and beyond. 

Implementation

Geography in Foundations@Waverley (F@W) is taught through the ‘Understanding the World’ strand of the EYFS curriculum. Children find out about the effects of different seasons, draw on information from simple maps and talk about similarities and difference between their immediate environment, England and other countries. Through continuous provision and adult led activities children are motivated to ask questions about the world around them. The key skills in the F@W curriculum goals and the focus on communicating effectively and developing new language and vocabulary ensures our pupils are prepared for the next stage of their education.

Geography in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. The key knowledge, skills and vocabulary of each unit builds progressively across each year group therefore allowing children to build on prior learning and make links across units. Tasks are selected and designed to provide appropriate challenge to all learners. To create an engaging and ambitious Geography curriculum, provision is well resourced to support effective teaching and learning. When possible pupils use their love of reading to research and deepen their understanding. In addition to this, cross curricular lessons are regular planned wherever possible and the local area is fully utilised, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom actively encouraged.

Impact

The impact of successful teaching and learning in Geography at Waverley will be shown through outcomes in curriculum and literacy books. Within these books there will be evidence of a broad and balanced Geography curriculum that demonstrates children’s knowledge and understanding relating to each of the identified National Curriculum strands.  Geography work will be regularly displayed and shared throughout school or via our Waverley Facebook and school website. Discussions with children will automatically show a love for Geography learning and they will be willing to share what they have learnt with others in a positive and inspiring manner.

 

Supporting documents

Please click here to see the WJA Long Term Plan 

 

Geography @ Waverley

  

  

  

 

Geography Events 

Every year, we celebrate Diversity Day, which allows us the opportunity to learn about each other’s diverse cultures and locate where in the world we come from. During the day, we discuss the similarities and differences about the countries that some of us are familiar with in regards to our families.

Every year, we celebrate endangered animal day. Due to our classes being named after endangered animals, we feel it is important that we recognise the value of these animals and consider the ways we can help protect them. We have visits from the WWF who share assemblies with us. In addition to this, each class celebrate their own class animal by taking part in dress up days, craft tasks or fundraising activities.

Every year, we celebrate Earth hour. Every class completes an activity without using any electricity. We consider the importance of protecting our planet and discuss why we should be more respectful of it.

    

Every year we take part in World Dance Day and complete dance sessions from around the world! We learn about which country each dance originated in and what makes that dance special. The children learn and perform a short routine using specialised dance moves. Some of the styles of dance include Samba, Bollywood, Salsa and Tango!

  

Community 

As a school, we enjoy working with our local community. We completed a sponsored walk and the money raised allowed us to buy a greenhouse for our Garden Area. We also took part in the Morrison’s’ ‘It’s Good to Grow’ campaign. Our families and local residents collected an amazing 262,047 vouchers! The Eco council used the vouchers to select equipment for our allotment and raised beds.

  

 

Useful websites

National Geography for kids

Kids world travel guide 

Ducksters

BBC Bitesize (KS1)

BBC Bitesize (KS2)

Top Marks

Teach it Primary      

 

If you have any questions about how Geography is taught within school or how to further support your children at home please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Walton (Geography Lead).