Our school vision ‘Curious Minds, Open Hearts & Joy of Learning’ is at the heart of all we do. At Homefield, we seek to inspire our children to develop a curiosity and fascination about the world. Our Geography teaching will immerse children in a diverse curriculum, which will allow them to learn about people, places and culture. Our core value of respect shines through our Geography curriculum, developing pupils respect for their local, national and global environment.
Our Geography Curriculum
Children in Early Years will be given opportunities to make sense of their world, through exploring, observing and finding out about people, places and the environment.
Geography is planned sequentially and cumulatively from Years 1-6. Geography is currently taught across three blocks throughout the year, every other half-term, using the Collins curriculum. Long term plans demonstrate that units ensure breadth of learning and opportunities to build on prior knowledge.
Geography will be taught using the CUSP curriculum from Autumn term 2023. Some teachers may trial a unit of work from CUSP, in Spring/Summer term 2023.
As well as delivering the subject content of geography, the curriculum also makes links with other subjects, helping our children to acquire and develop the skills and confidence to undertake geographical enquiry, problem-solving and decision-making in context.
Our Geography curriculum ensures that pupils will:
- Have a thorough understanding of their local area and its place in the world.
- Show understanding of other cultures and demonstrate respect for their global environment.
- Have great locational knowledge.
- Develop great geographical skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps.
- Describe key aspects of human and physical geography.
*Coming Autumn 2023*
CUSP fulfils and goes well beyond the expectations of the National Curriculum as we believe there is no ceiling to what pupils can learn.
A guiding principle of CUSP Geography is that each study draws upon prior learning High volume and deliberate practice are essential for pupils to remember and retrieve substantive knowledge and use their disciplinary knowledge to explain and articulate what they know. This means pupils make conscious connections and think hard, using what they know.
CUSP Geography is built around the principles of cumulative knowledge focusing on spaces, places, scale, human and physical processes with an emphasis on how content is connected and relational knowledge acquired. An example of this is the identification of continents, such as Europe, and its relationship to the location of the UK.