at Sawley Junior School
What do we want SJS children to learn?
In Geography pupils are taught the knowledge base as set out in the National Curriculum, supplemented by units that have developed over time as our own Sawley curriculum.
We expect our children to be inquisitive and to question the information they are presented with in order to further their geographical understanding.
Geography is an exciting, enquiry led subject that helps us better understand the people, places and environments in the world.
Pupils build an overview of global geography and develop the following skills:
- Investigating places
- Investigating patterns
- Communicating geographically
Lessons can be teacher led and enquiry based. Enquiry based learning helps pupils to develop geographical enquiry skills to find out about diverse places and people all over the world; physical and human processes and the interaction between the two.
Children consider questions such as: Where is this place? What is it like? Why is this place like it is? How and why is it changing? How does this place compare with other places? How and why are places connected?
All pupils are engaged with the geography curriculum, differentiated for ability. No pupils are in receipt of a modified curriculum.
How do we achieve our Intent?
Staff are supported by a Senior Subject Leader and Geography Subject Leader.
Willows Academy Trust subject leaders hold cluster meetings half-termly working together to meet the aims and vision of the Trust.
Teacher Resources – including the Chris Quigley Geography Companion; variety of teacher guide books; teacher resources; web-based resources; maps and atlases; photographs; aerial images; exploring our local area through visits etc.
Activities are based on a progression to deepen knowledge and understanding of places and people e.g.
- In Year 3, pupils learn about mapping the UK. They are introduced to physical processes such as the water cycle and cloud formations.
- In Year 4, pupils develop their map skills further to begin mapping the world. They build on their existing knowledge to learn about landscape features.
- In Year 5, mapping skills are widened to take account of different continents. Pupils study the diverse nature of North America by developing their understanding of its population, rivers and mountains.
- In Year 6, children are encouraged to use both 4-figure and 6-figure grid references when reading maps. Pupils build on previous knowledge by learning about features in South America, allowing them to make comparisons and develop their global understanding of different places and people.
Activities within the units of geography taught at Sawley are based on Chris Quigley POP (Proof of Progress) tasks. These POP tasks develop children’s knowledge and progress in their learning from the basic acquisition of factual knowledge through to the ability to explain geographically.