Curriculum – Geography
Trimley St Mary School uses the objectives from the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum as a guide when planning the Geography curriculum. Planning is progressive and begins with basic skills which are applied through a range of learning opportunities and with increasing complexity and practicality.
In Key Stage 1, children investigate the key features of their location using fieldwork skills, aerial images and plan drawings. They ask appropriate geographical questions about different environments, and use maps and atlases correctly to identify countries, continents and oceans
In Key Stage 2, children begin to develop their own views around important issues such as how physical features affect human activity and to draw clear conclusions from their investigations. They use a range of geographical resources to identify the key human and physical features of a location. They use a wide range of field work and map skills.
Teaching and learning
The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in Geography lessons. The principal aims are to develop skills and understanding in designing, and evaluating as well as developing their technical knowledge. We do this through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual/group activities. We recognise that in all classes children have a wide range of knowledge, skills and understanding in Geography, and we seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by Setting tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses; Setting tasks of increasing difficulty, some children not completing all tasks; Grouping children by ability in the room, and setting different tasks for each ability group; Providing resources of different complexity, depending on the ability of the child; Using classroom assistants to support the child individually or in groups.