At Margaret Wix, it is our intention to provide our pupils with a rich geography curriculum that inspires a lifelong curiosity about our world and our role in sustaining it. With the support of Connected Geography, 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.
Our geography curriculum is logical, relevant and balanced in terms of subject content. For example, children study topical issues, such as climate change, flooding and trade. The curriculum becomes progressively more challenging in terms of subject knowledge and critical thinking. Children are able to build on previous knowledge and understanding as they tackle more complex enquiries. For example, in KS1 children observe the geographical features of the local area of the school and compare and contrast them with a school in Borneo. In KS2, this knowledge and understanding is extended when children investigate the nature of environmental change in their local area and consider the cost and benefits such change brings.
The Margaret Wix community is diverse and we understand the vital need for representation within our teaching. We ensure diversity across the curriculum: careful thought and planning has gone into selecting whose stories we tell and how they are told. Our curriculum has been re-examined and we have endeavoured to reduce the western bias. We strive to ensure that BAME pupils see themselves reflected in our curriculum, all year round. We call our personalised curriculum ‘The Wix Way’. In geography, this includes learning about a diverse range of explorers.
With the support of Connected Geography, our geography curriculum is delivered through an enquiry focused approach to learning which allows children to build on subject knowledge and understanding and to become increasingly adept at critical thinking.
To engage and immerse the children in their learning experiences the classroom environment reflects the theme the children are learning about with a display or role play area on that topic.
Fieldwork opportunities are provided in Geography, such as visits to habitats in the local environment and trips to sites which enrich the learning process for all our pupils. 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.
Teachers create a positive attitude to Geography learning within their classrooms and re-inforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards. They use a variety of teaching methods to cater for all our learners. Children may use books and ICT to support their learning. They may work individually or as part of a team to present their findings orally, in writing, through Art, DT, ICT or role play.
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.
The children at Margaret Wix Primary will have the confidence to demonstrate their knowledge they have retained over time and demonstrate a readiness for the next stage of their learning. They will show a positive attitude to learning and use and apply skills across the curriculum, making meaningful connections in purposeful contexts. Their engagement of the local environment ensures that children learn through first hand experiences of the world around them; they will have an understanding that geography impacts upon our lives daily.
Each half termly enquiry sets clear objectives and outcomes for the children in terms of knowledge and understanding and skills acquisition. When assessing each child evidence is drawn from wide range of sources, such as interaction with pupils during discussions and related questioning, practical activities such as model making and role play drama, the communication of field work data and writing in different genres. The outcomes of each enquiry inform the teacher's understanding of each child and help them to plan future learning accordingly. At the end of each year we make a summative judgement about the achievement of each pupil against the subject learning goals for geography in that year, deciding upon a 'best fit' judgement as to whether the pupil has achieved and embedded the expected learning goals, exceeded expectations or is still working towards the goals. This is used as the basis of reporting progress to parents.