Rooted in God as our vine, our Geography curriculum purpose is to enable our pupils to acquire key geographical knowledge whilst learning valuable skills. We aim to encourage children to be fascinated by the world around them, increasing their curiosity about physical and human features of their environment, enabling questions to be asked and enquiries to unfold. Geographical learning takes place across the curriculum at Bapchild, it is not simply taught in stand-alone lessons. Physical Geography is taught in Science and Forest School through investigative and explorative learning, alongside human geography being discussed in RE and PSHE.
Language-rich and a wide range of vocabulary
The subject of Geography is specialist vocabulary-rich and at Bapchild we encourage our learners to be enthused by language. Through our use of working walls, key vocabulary is displayed in sequential stages dependent on the complexity of key words. The value of displaying this key terminology directly links to the children’s independent work as they already have an abundance of subject-specific vocabulary to use within their learning. The children also convey their oracy skills within Geography, as they are taught to reason and explain their thoughts verbally, increasing the familiarity of geographical terms.
Our Geography units of work are built around key enquiry questions to excite the children at the beginning of a unit, hooking each pupil and allowing them to wonder what learning will precede next. Within each module of study, smaller questions are posed, allowing the over-arching question to be explored in sequential steps so cognitive overload does not occur.
Critical thinking through posing and answering questions
Within our curriculum, where possible, we have time-tabled specific Geography units to coincide with related subjects of study so that connections can be formed and greater meaningful learning can occur. This enables our children to deepen their understanding of geographical concepts and the wider world, allowing the skill of critical thinking develop. We aim for our pupils to be confident to pose questions and seek answers, growing their thirst for knowledge and love of learning.
The Geography curriculum at Bapchild and Tonge enables our children to have a secure knowledge of the natural processes and features of the world, as well as the human effects on the environment. This established knowledge is interwoven with geographical and enquiry based skills, allowing our pupils to confidently articulate their thought and findings, thus paving their own learning. Each child’s individual learning journey is celebrated greatly, with the hope of inspiring further knowledge acquisition