Curriculum Intent Statement
At St Thomas More, we believe that Geography enables children to make sense of their world.
How Geography is taught at St Thomas More
In our Geography lessons, we ensure that both our pupils’ substantive and disciplinary knowledge is built upon year on year.
Substantive Knowledge– Is knowledge and ‘substance’ of our curriculum e.g. locations of places, names of continents or features of something
Disciplinary Knowledge-Is skills our children develop to make sense of their world– how do we know what we know? E.g. how to read maps or carrying out fieldwork investigations.
Our geography lessons are underpinned by Geography’s ‘big ideas’ which inform the three ‘big objectives’ or aspects of achievement for the teaching of geography:
- Contextual world knowledge of locations, places and geographical features.
- Understanding of the conditions, processes and interactions that explain features, distribution patterns, and changes over time and space.
- Competence in geographical enquiry, and the application of skills in observing, collecting, analysing, evaluating and communicating geographical information.
Geography lessons are therefore organised into one of the following 7 strands:
- The UK and local area
- The World and Continents
- Physical Themes
- Human Themes
- Understanding Places and Connections
- Map and Atlas Work
- Fieldwork and Investigations
Our Curriculum Overviews
Our Geography Curriculum Overview shows the units of Geography covered in our school and the knowledge we expect our pupils to have gained by the end of each unit.
In response to our recent school restructure and in order to address knowledge gaps from Covid-19, we have re-evaluated our summer term units before beginning our 2021/22 Curriculum Overview in September.
Revised Geography Curriculum Overview Starting 2021/22 Academic Year