Geography

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Here at J H Godwin, the intent of geography teaching is to develop our children’s understanding of the wider world. Exposing children to different cultures, environments and experiences that they would not be able to access in any other way. The purpose of this is to support future world citizens in making better decisions about their ecological footprint and to help them build global partnerships across borders. Our geography curriculum supports British values by highlighting the importance of multiculturalism and helps children to develop a greater understanding of what Great Britain is.

We do this by:

Providing all pupils with equal access to a rich, broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum matched well to their ages, abilities, interests, aptitudes and special needs.

Increasing pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding as they grow and develop and increase their connections with the world around them.

Carefully planning our curriculum to ensure that learning is continuous and that pupils make good progress with the development of their learning.

Engaging the children’s interest and to encourage and motivate them to want to learn. In many instances the children will be partners in planning their curriculum.

Teaching an exciting curriculum and offering pupils lots of first-hand experience to reinforce their learning and to underpin their growing knowledge, skills and understanding of the world, which will prepare them to be active members of a future community.

Opening their eyes to awe and wonder and cause them to marvel at the incredible and fantastic world in which they live.

 

How do we teach Geography at J H Godwin?

Teachers use the National Curriculum 2014 to support planning and ensure they deliver progressive and challenging lessons. Geography is often linked to History, English and Science to create a broad and balanced curriculum. In the Foundation Stage geography is planned for using the Early Learning Goals for Knowledge and Understanding of the world.

We encourage children to explore the world around them by asking questions such as:

  • Where is this place?
  • What is it like? (And why?)
  • How and why is it changing?
  • How does this place compare with other places?
  • How and why are places connected?

 

Click here to see the Early Learning Goals for Foundation Stage

 

Teaching children about the wider environment

Priority is given to first- hand experiences of concepts and pupils  are given opportunities to complete field work each term. High-quality resources and use of the school’s wider environment including outdoor facilities and links and visits within the local community are utilised to deliver the curriculum including Forest SchoolLocal nature parks and farms and Safari Rangers from Chester Zoo.

 

 

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Geographical terms are taught and modelled using Word Aware strategies. Learning environments are used to encourage learning of new and challenging vocabulary.

Click this link to view a geographical vocabulary list for each topic.

 

Computing and Curriculum Links

Links with other curriculum areas, especially English, Maths and ICT are utilised through engaging activities planned by the teacher.  Pupils are given opportunities, where appropriate, to develop and apply their information technology capability in their study of geography.  

Below are some really useful websites to support your child's learning:

https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zcdqxnb

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zbkw2hv

 

How can you support your child's geographical learning?

You can help to continue to encourage your child's love of geography at home! Below are links to opportunities for developing your child's geographical knowledge in the local area:

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Contact the School

J H Godwin Primary School

Melbourne Road
Blacon
Chester
CH1 5JG

Main Contact: If you would like to contact someone at school for help with anything please ring and speak to Mrs S Jefferson or Mrs K Bickerton in the office

Tel: 01244 259 666
admin@jhgodwin.cheshire.sch.uk

SEN Contact: Mrs E Cornish SENDCO - via admin@jhgodwin.cheshire.sch.uk

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