Curriculum Lead : Miss J. McGlynn
Kader Academy aims to develop little people who feel safe and happy. We want them to develop a strong sense of pride, not only in themselves, but of their local area and its heritage. We value the importance of strong relationships with our families and our sense of community is at the heart of all we do. We know that our diversity is our strength and we will strive to ensure that the children’s compassion and kindness makes the world a better place. We will inspire curiosity through engaging experiences that promote a profound love of learning. We want them to know that their learning knows no bounds and with self-belief and determination, they can achieve the impossible
At Kader, Geography helps children to successfully navigate their world. We believe in developing children’s geographical thinking and imagination through direct experience of the world. Enhancing global understanding and citizenship through Geography.
Intent: Why our Geography curriculum looks like this
To inspire pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. By revisiting these areas of learning regularly children will remember more, know more and understand more.
As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. We want our children to gain confidence and have practical experiences of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
Knowledge and skills are built upon continuously to ensure that learning is embedded and the skills are developed. Kader’s Schema document shows how each aspect of Geography is developed and built upon over the course of each child’s learning journey. For each half termly topic, a knowledge organiser is created showing the key knowledge, skills and vocabulary to be taught within that half term. These are used as home-learning tools and also to support classroom activities.
We intend to:
- Provide each child with an engaging, enriching and relevant Geography curriculum which challenges and supports all pupils.
- Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it.
- Provide a local area focus to ensure learning is given meaning and substance for the children in our school community.
- Encourage children to make links between knowledge making it relevant and meaningful.
- The Geography curriculum enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Implementation: How we will achieve this
Knowledge Organisers – The key knowledge and vocabulary the children are expected to retain from each topic.
Engaging lessons – Memorable lessons which are engaging and practical. Lessons will have been carefully sequenced to ensure progression and depth in knowledge and skills.
D.A.R.T (Dedicated Active Recall Time) – Revisiting prior knowledge from previous topics and previous years.
Quizzes – Children complete quizzes at the end of each topic for teacher’s to use to ensure what we are teaching is effective and that the children know more, remember more and can do more. Quizzes are repeated during the teaching of future topics to ensure the knowledge and skills have been stored in the children’s long-term memories.
Summative Assessment – An assessment against each objective is completed by class teachers at the end of each half term in the form of an excel tracker. This will be passed on to future teachers to show any gaps in children’s knowledge and skills.
Educational Visits – To enhance their cultural capital and knowledge of their local environment.
CPD – Regular staff CPD to ensure all teaching and learning staff are equipped to deliver curriculum effectively.
Impact: The approach at Kader will ensure that:
The results from topic quizzes and summative assessments will show that children at Kader Academy will retain knowledge that is pertinent to Geography with a real life context.
The children will understand how Geography ‘happens’ in their local area and they will have a good understanding about the world around them and how it has been shaped meaning they will know more, remember more and understand more.