Our Geography Curriculum
At Wistaston Church Lane Academy, we EXPLORE like a GEOGRAPHER! We believe that geographical learning should nurture and encourage children’s natural curiosity and should shape the children into inquisitive learners who are keen to explore the world around them. Therefore, our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.
Throughout their geography education, our children will develop and build on their knowledge and understanding of locations and places around the world, people, resources and natural and human environments. Children will also have the opportunities to investigate a range of places – both in Britain and abroad – to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes.
We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Wistaston, and Cheshire, so that they can develop of real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special. Children are also taught how to use and apply geographical skills as a means to effectively communicate their geographical findings to a range of audiences.
At Wistaston Church Lane, we follow the National Curriculum programme of study for Geography, with units of work being taught as part of a cross curricular approach that can be integrated into learning across different subject areas. As part of the planning process, teachers are expected to include the following:
- A cold task that is set at the beginning of each unit of work. This task will identify the children’s current knowledge and provide a baseline for end of unit assessment.
- A vocabulary lesson that introduces topic specific terms. (New vocabulary can be added throughout the unit of work)
- A cycle of lessons, which plans for progression and deeper understanding of the geographical skills covered.
- Opportunities for children to work practically as a means to illustrate geographical knowledge.
- A hot task (this can be the same as the cold task) which is used to highlight progression of skills at the end of a taught unit.
Children are assessed against the National Curriculum aims as set out in the Geography programmes of study.
At Wistaston Church Lane Academy it is expected that all geography lessons are engaging and that all learning is inclusive to ensure children make good progress.
- Through high quality teaching, we develop the following essential characteristics of geographers: Children are happy learners within Geography. They experience a wide range of learning challenges within the subject and know appropriate responses to them, such as informed choices regarding current environmental issues e.g. limiting the use of plastics.
- Through Geography, children deepen their appreciation of the role they play in looking after and protecting the world they live in.
- Visits and residentials throughout school (for example, Delamere, York and London) have enriched the lives of the children and provide them with opportunities to discuss and reflect on how the experience impacted their knowledge and understanding.
- Children of all abilities and backgrounds achieve well in Geography which is reflected through a consistent learning journey and clear progress.
At Wistaston Church Lane Academy, we develop the following essential characteristics of geographers:
- An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like, both in Britain and the wider world;
- An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary;
- Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills, as well as effective presentation techniques;
- The ability to reach clear conclusions and explain their findings;
- Excellent fieldwork skills as well as other geographical aptitudes and techniques;
- The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current issues in society and the environment;
- A genuine interest in the subject and a real sense of curiosity about the world and the people who live here.