Geography at Ravenfield Primary Academy
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. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
The curriculum at Ravenfield Primary Academy for Geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
- understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
- are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
- collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
- interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length
At Ravenfield, pupils will gain coherent knowledge about natural and human environments. Using high quality, creative teaching, pupils will focus firstly on the space around them and widen to understanding the world around them. Pupils will be able to identify where they are in relation to other countries, continents, seas and oceans. Pupils will use their deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes, using a range of fieldwork, map-skills and other sources to understand and discuss how they change over time. Eventually, using a range of case studies, pupils will be able to confidently talk about the relationship between the Earth and humans.