Geography at Rolls Crescent
At Rolls Crescent our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge, connection and understanding of the world and their place within it will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
Our knowledge-based Geography curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced to ensure pupils acquire key knowledge and skills systemically. Topics have clear progression through the year and previous knowledge is built upon throughout the key stages. Teachers build upon their prior knowledge, embedding it in their long term memory to allow children to become successful learners and develop an interest and enthusiasm for geography as they move through the school.
We are committed to ensuring our pupils gain a deeper knowledge of and connection to their local area as well learning about the wider world, including countries they or their family have lived in as Rolls Crescent serves a vibrant and diverse community. There are a large majority of pupils who have links to other parts of the world with 72% of our pupils speaking English as an additional language and there are currently 33 different languages spoken within our school.
The cultural capital of our children is important to us so we ensure to widen our pupils’ experiences through creative and enriching lessons, including opportunities for outdoor learning, going on trips, meeting visitors and using ICT links (Climbing Mam Tor, visiting Llandudno to compare the environment to our local area and mapwork from MMU). The large majority of our pupils have low communication and language skills on entry and therefore oracy and vocabulary acquisition are a key priority which is why in addition to widening our pupils’ experiences we present the key vocabulary within our Geography knowledge organisers and on classroom displays.
Our curriculum is adapted for pupils with SEND to ensure they are included and can access the learning. We ensure that they have access to prior learning to ensure they can link previous learning to new learning as well as being able to access the skills and knowledge being build upon in new learning.
Teachers at Rolls Crescent are provided with an additional 12 planning meetings per year on top of their weekly PPA to plan their curriculum, these come in terms of a planning week every half term where they have one hour on the Wednesday after school and one hour during the week. As part of this planning process, teachers need to plan the following.
· A knowledge organiser which outlines skills and knowledge for the year (Using the skills progression document)
· Geography topic is taught through the big question driver.
· From this big question approach there will be a cycle of lessons which is carefully planned for progression and depth.
· Challenging questions for pupils to aid the application of their learning in real life situations.
Our Geography curriculum at Rolls Crescent is of a high quality and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the weekly lessons and the overriding curriculum they are deemed to be making good progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods.
· A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes (post task)
· Formative assessment based on where the children are up to against the expected standard of skills and knowledge for the topic.
· Celebration of learning for each half term against the school driver for that half term.
· Pupil voice about Geography and the curriculum