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Our 5 Key principles:

  •        A high-quality geography education 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.

  •       Growing knowledge about the world should help pupils to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. 

  •       Four areas of substantive knowledge are Location, Place, Human and Physical Geog and Skills.  These should also include opportunities to develop procedural knowledge (the repeat application of geographical techniques – e.g maps, data analysis, climate charts)

  •       The ultimate objective of for pupils to develop disciplinary knowledge (draw comparisons, make links, seek explanation) – i.e “think like a geographer”

Curriculum intent

At Ardley Hill Academy, our geography curriculum offers children the opportunity to explore the natural world whilst making it an enjoyable, engaging learning experience. Children are encouraged to communicate their thoughts through questioning the world around them, as well as their place in it. This use of questioning also allows children to develop their resilience, we encourage children to ask questions about things they might not understand to push themselves beyond their comfort zone. We aim to inspire children’s curiosity about the world around them that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We want children to aspire to be excellent geographers and to communicate their ideas effectively.

The curriculum allows pupils to develop contextual knowledge around the location of significant places, to understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human features of the world as well as how these processes bring about variation and change over time. 

We understand that geography is a subject that lends itself to a more practical approach of learning and encourage this through our delivery of the subject. This results in pupils improving their geographical skills including interpreting maps, fieldwork and other skills.

The geography curriculum enables children to develop skills which are transferable to other curriculum areas and we encourage the cross curricular links to be made whenever possible, especially with PE which allows the children to understand how geography can help them lead healthy active lifestyles.

Delivering the curriculum in this manner allows the pupils to develop an inquisitive attitude to the world they live in and a healthy attitude to asking why