Geography at Christ Church

The Christian faith is at the heart of our school community.

At Christ Church we all care, learn and work together for God and others. 

For we are all God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do’. Ephesians 2:10 

Our Christian Values are

Creation, Community, Wisdom, Endurance, Thankfulness, Reconciliation

Intent

At Christ Church we aim to provide all our children with a deep understanding of the world and their place in it. 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; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. The geography curriculum aims to equip children with the skills necessary to investigate the diversity of the world beginning with the immediate local area (in EYFS) and progressing to London, Europe and beyond. The curriculum is designed develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Christ Church Primary School and also to their further education and beyond.

Implementation
Geography at Christ Church is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. At the beginning of each topic, children are asked to convey what they know already as well as what they would like to find out. This informs the programme of study and also ensures that lessons are relevant and take account of children’s different starting points. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.
Cross-curricular outcomes in geography are specifically created with strong links between geography, Literacy, music and history identified, planned for and utilised. The local area: school, Regent’s Park, Hampstead Heath, Camden and London is fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes.

Impact
Outcomes in geography and other subject books e.g. history and Literacy, evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge and skills. Children record what they have learned comparative to their starting points at the end of every topic. As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding an appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. Geographical understanding, as well as children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is further supported by the school’s links with the whole school community in regular celebrations of the school’s cultural diversity e.g. Eid Feast, Black History Month.

Link to Geography Progression of Skills: Geography Progression Map