‘What is our knowledge worth if we know nothing about the world that sustains us, nothing about natural systems and climate, nothing about countries and cultures?’
Jonathon Porritt, Forum of the Future
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance which aims for all children to have a greater understanding of the World, covering the following aspects – Past & Present, Culture & Communities, The Natural World
Our Key Stage 1 and 2 geography curriculum encourages children to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it.
We seek to: inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; promote children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources; understand the importance of our natural and human environments and processes and gain a deep understanding of environmental sustainability.
Our curriculum is designed to develop skills that are progressive, as well as transferable. At the beginning of each topic, children are able to reference where they previously came across the key concepts, convey what they already know about the subject to be studied as well as what they would like to find out. Cross-curricular outcomes in geography are planned for and our local area is fully utilized with extensive opportunities for learning outside. These allow teaching and learning to be more meaningful and contextualised, resulting in ‘stickier’ knowledge and good outcomes.
Outcomes in geography are based on: agreed success criteria; ability to ask perceptive questions and think critically; recordings in books, and development and application of key geographical skills. Our Curriculum Principles are referenced throughout the units taught and children are able to make connections between units and other curriculum areas.
Unicef Rights – Article 29
Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.