At Southwood, we aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We promote children’s interest and knowledge of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Our curriculum is designed to equip children with the knowledge and skills to explore, appreciate and understand the world in which we live and how it has evolved.
Our geography curriculum was designed to develop children's knowledge of place, people and process. Each unit builds on the one before, both in knowledge and skills.
At Southwood, we believe geography should be led by enquiry. Our curriculum centres around key questions which encourage children to explore to develop their knowledge and skills.
How we will structure our learning:
- A topic overview which clearly outlines the knowledge, vocabulary and skills to be learned and developed.
- A structure of lessons which encourages inquiry, exploration, play and discussion.
- Access to a variety of maps, images and resources.
- An emphasis on relating new knowledge to those learned in previous years (everything is connected)
- An opportunity for fieldwork to develop and deepen children's understanding of features and processes.
By the end of each key stage, pupils will have a clear understanding of the places, people and processes they have studied as well as how they are connected to those they have studied before. The quality of children's learning is assessed throughout and at the end of each unit. Where there are gaps in children's geographical skills and map skills, future units offer the opportunity to continue developing these. Where there are gaps in key geographical knowledge, these can be recapped in each future unit (specifically in relation to place knowledge) to support further learning.