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St Laurence-in-Thanet CE Junior Academy

Headteacher:
Ms S Graham
Chair of Governors:
Mrs M Blackburn

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Geography

What geography looks like at St Laurence

The aim of our geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world, and give them an understanding of space, place and scale. We teach children about their local area, and they compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world.

St. Laurence Geographers leave us with:

  • good knowledge of where places are and what they are like.
  • an understanding of how places are similar and different.
  • a base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
  • basic fieldwork skills as well as other geographical aptitudes and techniques.
  • understanding current issues in society and the environment.

At the end of KS2, St. Laurence children are equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and life as an adult in the wider world.

Each term, teachers plan well thought out units based around an overarching Enquiry Question. Cross-Curriculum links are made between History, Geography, Science, English and a range of other subjects with opportunities to incorporate the learning into other lessons wherever appropriate, for example:

  • Year 5 – Earth and Space (Science) are linked with Geography to look at satellite imagery and the use of digital mapping equipment.

In lessons, the focus is on gaining knowledge while allowing the children to progress in their Geographical skills. There is a natural progression of topics through lower school into upper school, allowing the children to make connections and continue to expand on their previous learning.

As well as weekly lessons, we enrich our curriculum with theme days (Earth Day), trips and visits (Dover museum, Kent Life, Ramsgate harbour) and practical tasks (archaeological digs, map work, forest school) in school. We make the most of every opportunity, with these occasions being a highlight of the children’s year, they prove to be great ‘hooks’ into their learning.

We work alongside other schools to share best practices and enhance the teaching and learning of geography. We aim as a collaboration to develop skills through EYFS to KS4. We meet regularly to discuss best practices and ideas.

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Geography Curriculum Map