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Geography

 

At Margaret Wix Primary School, it is our intention to provide our pupils a rich geography curriculum which follows closely that of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study.  We aim to meet the unique needs of all our pupils by setting high expectations in our teaching and learning. The curriculum is designed to ensure that pupils recognise their contribution to, and responsibilities for, their locality, their country and the global community. Children are given opportunities to compare and contrast their local environment at Margaret Wix with other places in the world, helping them to become more reflective citizens, and develop an awareness of the importance of their own positive commitment to the environment and future of the planet. 

Intent – why are we teaching this?

At Margaret Wix, it is our intention to provide our pupils a rich geography curriculum which follows closely that of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. We aim to meet the unique needs of all our pupils by setting high expectations in our teaching and learning. The curriculum is designed to ensure that pupils recognise their contribution to, and responsibilities for, their locality, their country and the global community. Children are given opportunities to compare and contrast their local environment at Margaret Wix with other places in the world, helping them to become more reflective citizens, and develop an awareness of the importance of their own positive commitment to the environment and future of the planet.

Children will be taught to know, have an understanding, and acquire the skills in the following areas:

• Geographical vocabulary

• Use of maps, globes, aerial photographs and digital mapping to name and identity countries, continents and oceans

• Places and people

• Resources in the environment

• Physical and human processes

• Formation and use of landscapes

• Collecting and analysing data

• Communicating information in a variety of ways

• Geographical enquiry

 

Implementation – how are we teaching this?

Our geography curriculum is delivered through a half-termly topic (termly in some year groups). Teachers ensure knowledge and skills within the curriculum is implemented in their geography lessons. We use non-statutory guidance to deepen our pupil’s geographical awareness and understanding. Fieldwork opportunities enhance and provide the breadth of study for all our pupils at Margaret Wix.

Pupils in KS1 are encouraged to compare their local area with other environments.

In KS2, pupils are encouraged to express views on real issues, and frequent discussions allow the opportunity to express themselves through challenging and engaging questioning.

Marking and feedback provides ongoing assessment which is used to address misconceptions and gaps in learning for future teaching and planning. Regular opportunities are provided for our pupils to rehearse newly acquired skills and knowledge, transfer these across different contexts and identify gaps in their learning.

Children are encouraged to embrace our Learning Powers and Values at Margaret Wix: resilience, self-belief, curiosity, kindness and respect for others; all of which underpin our geography learning.

 

Impact – what is the effect on the pupils?

The children at Margaret Wix Primary will:

• have the confidence to demonstrate their knowledge they have retained over time

• demonstrate a readiness for the next stage of their learning

• have a positive learning attitude

• pupils are engaged and motivated to learn

History

 

At Margaret Wix Primary School, it is our intention to provide an inspiring history curriculum. One which aims to meet the unique needs of all our pupils, setting high expectations and aspirations. To achieve this, our teaching and learning is topic-based, and our curriculum follows closely that of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. We hope to develop in our pupils a sense of curiosity and fascination about the past of Britain and the wider world.

Intent – why are we teaching this?

At Margaret Wix, it is our intention to provide an inspiring history curriculum. One which aims to meet the unique needs of all our pupils, setting high expectations and aspirations. To achieve this, our teaching and learning is topic-based, and our curriculum follows closely that of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study.

 

We hope to develop in our pupils a sense of curiosity and fascination about the past of Britain and the wider world. Pupils will be taught to know and understand significant aspects of history, such as:

• ancient civilisations and empires

• changes in and beyond living memory

• the lives of significant people of the past. There will also be opportunity to deepen and enrich our children’s learning

• enrichment will occur through real-life experiences in the subject by visiting historical sites and use of artefacts

• by learning methods of historical enquiry and taught how to ask questions to find out specific information 

• learn how to uses historical vocabulary accurately 

• opportunities to compare and contrast their own lives with those of others in different times to develop empathy, which helps them to become more reflective citizens 

• pupils will gain knowledge and skills through lessons, fieldwork, educational visits and reading

 

Implementation – how are we teaching this?

At Margaret Wix, knowledge and skills are sequenced to build on prior learning and the subject is taught through a half-termly topic (in some year groups, a termly-topic).

 

Children are assessed in their knowledge at the start of each topic, such as, ‘mind maps’ and ‘quizzes’. Clearly defined Learning Intentions sets out the learning to pupils.

 

Teachers will use a range of assessment strategies. Marking and ongoing feedback provides assessment information which is used to shape future teaching and addresses misconceptions and gaps in learning and future planning.

 

Impact – what is the effect on the pupils?

The children at Margaret Wix Primary will:

• have the confidence to demonstrate their knowledge they have retained over time

• ability to communicate historical information in a variety of ways

• demonstrate a readiness for the next stage of their learning

• have a positive learning attitude, are engaged and motivated to learn

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