What? Why There? Why Care:
Geography in Methley Primary School
Our school ethos is at the heart of all that we do: we want our children to be motivated to learn, to persevere and to recognise their own successes in a variety of contexts (M+P=S). We believe that Geography should inspire in pupils 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. In order to develop their intercultural and international perspective, we aim to develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places, including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes.
Our Methley Magic FIVE (motivation, perseverance, respect, communication, collaboration) are embedded throughout teaching and learning in Geography.
Geography provides opportunities for investigation and enquiry, both in terms of the children’s immediate world and from an intercultural and international perspective. Encouraging children to aspire to achieve their own successes, Geography lessons begin with a focus on how the skills could be used in later life: fields of environmental, sociological, geological or geographical skills for example, as well as their relevance to other disciplines such as STEM. We also aim to inspire them by looking at the people behind the study of Geography, and aim to get an accessible. ‘real-life’ geographer to speak to the children as part of Aspirations Week.
We want children to enjoy and love learning about geography by gaining knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits. We are also developing the children’s ability to apply geographical skills to enable them to confidently communicate their findings and geographical understanding to a range of audiences. The intent is to develop a holistic knowledge of the subject by the end of KS2 in order to create a platform to build on at KS3 and beyond.
We want to give our pupils every opportunity to be successful and so we have developed
our Geography curriculum, based on the National Curriculum, which has clearly sequenced
content and stages of progression. At the heart of our curriculum is vocabulary
development and intrinsic to that- reading. This is evident in Geography planning and
The curriculum is organised into themes where related content, including Geography, is
taught under one topic. This encourages children to see that subjects can be both
independent and interdependent. Our curriculum is designed so the children can achieve
success in the key areas of Geography: locational and place knowledge, human and physical
geography, fieldwork and using maps, globes and plans. Teachers plan with consideration
towards the progression of skills and knowledge as the children move through school.
Outside of Geography lessons, teachers link Geography learning wherever possible: locating
places in the news on a map, using mapping skills on the front cover of a book to aid
prediction and considering the environmental impact of their everyday lives, for example.
Our curriculum is designed to ensure our children are proud of their own heritage and
culture (British Values) but also has an intercultural and international perspective because
we believe that we can achieve more by coming together rather than staying apart.