Dundee Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 4BS
“The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And, in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.” – Barak Obama
At Etruscan we offer a broad and balanced geography curriculum. We aim to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Through engaging activities we equip the children with knowledge about a diverse range of people, places and natural and human environments. We equip the children with the skills they need to explore and find out more about or world, encouraging them to ask questions and investigate to learn more about the world, its countries and cultures, avoiding stereotypical views of places. We explore the human and physical features and processes of our world, and develop the children’s understanding of how these affect the way people live. This gives our children a good geographical base and prepares them to continue and expand their understanding as their education continues into high school.
Geography teaching begins in the Early Years Foundation Stage where children gain an understanding of the place where they live and of the wider world. In Years 1 to 6, we teach geography through our Learning Challenge Curriculum, using three overarching questions with 6 subsidiary questions each week for half a term. This allows children to develop concepts and explore geographical ideas in depth. Each half term children take part in a WOW to inspire their curiosity. This may be a trip, visitor or experience in school. We use a ‘workshop’ style approach to learning to allow children to engage with the learning. The lesson begins by reflecting on prior learning, before identifying which skill is going to be developed. Vocabulary is a key element in every lesson we teach. By discussing the specific geographical vocabulary at the beginning of the lesson, we ensure all children can access learning and feel confident to use the vocabulary. As they get older, we encourage children to form opinions about geographical ideas and debate issues relating to geographical concepts.
Characteristics of a Geographer:
Using and Applying English and maths within Geography:
Teachers set high expectations for every pupil. They plan challenging work to enable all pupils to make good progress regardless of their academic ability or background. We expect all children to make good progress albeit from different starting points.