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INTENT

Through the geography curriculum our Gospel values of justice, community and service will be addressed, and the learning behaviours for our pupils; curiosity, creativity, resourcefulness, resilience and responsibility will enable them to explore the foundations of life-long geographers.

  • Our school community is concerned about the environment. Our pupils live in urban London with many unable to access the enriching experiences the outdoors can provide. Therefore, our curriculum aims to ensure our pupils understand the impact of our way of life in the world we live in. As such, we undertake to support Pope Francis’s message in his encyclical – ‘Laudato Si’ which found inspiration in Saint Francis of Assisi ‘Canticle of the Sun’; a beautiful prayer to celebrate God’s creation. We see our children as stewards of the earth; therefore, our curriculum explores big questions about the environment and Pope Francis call for action.

Our intention is that all pupils

  • To develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes.
  • To understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time.
  • Develop competence in the geographical skills needed to: collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork.
  • Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
  • Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Our enriching geography curriculum is planned and sequenced to assure curriculum breadth, coverage and content allows clear progression in knowledge and skills. As pupils progress their growing knowledge of the world will deepen their understanding of the interaction between the physical and human processes and the consequences of that interaction on landscapes and environments.

 

IMPLEMENTATION

Based on research of learning and cognition our curriculum is designed so that learning is built on over time. The teaching activities in Oddizzi enable our teachers to ensure that planning is sequential with a connectivity to other subjects. Lessons assure lively, effective and appropriate learning. Lessons are taught with depth with a clear purpose for learning.  Our pupils are aware of the disadvantages suffered in other countries and work hard supporting charities to overcome these geographical differences.

 

IMPACT

The impact of the geography curriculum will be measured in the following ways:

 

  • Pupil voice – children able to confidently talk about their learning and recall recent and previous learning
  • Pupil voice – children able to show how geographical knowledge is impacting on their choices as citizens
  • Standards and quality of children’s learning is evaluated through learning reviews, knowledge assessments and their written work.
  • Oddizzi’s assessment framework will help demonstrate that teaching has resulted in clear and appropriate outcomes.

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