Geography

Geography is 'championed' at Blackwater School by Mr. Hurrell

At Blackwater, we believe that Geography stimulates curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We strive to equip pupils with a deep sense of their place in the world by exploring their own locality and studying a wide range of diverse places across the globe to identify how these locations are linked. In a rapidly changing world, we ensure that children leave here with an strong understanding of the physical and human processes affecting the Earth and how they can contribute to tackling the challenges of the future.

 

As our learners progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between human and physical processes and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. We study a range of significant figures in the field of geographical enquiry throughout the Key Stages and look at their contributions to our knowledge of the world we live in today.

 

We aim to develop confident learners, through exposure to a range of practical experiences, which build their geographical knowledge, and skills enabling them to explain how the Earth’s features are shaped, interconnected and change over time. We encourage an inclusive school environment and ensure that all pupils, including those most vulnerable and those who are disadvantaged, have the opportunity to access the full and broad curriculum through carefully planned support and scaffolding as required.

Please read our Geography Strategy for more of an understanding on how we teach this subject at Blackwater.
Below is a summarised version of our 2 year rolling programme for Geography. The links below lead to a detailed sequence of learning for each year group.
Lots of our Geography curriculum is inspired by resources from The Royal Geographical Society. You can see their website here: 
https://www.rgs.org/ 
Supporting SEND in Geographical Learning
 
 
We need to be ambitious about what our SEN children can achieve and not believe their ability is 'fixed' for every subject. We support the children with their barriers for learning but make sure there is no ceiling to what they can achieve. 
 
What amendments are made to the subject in order to help children with SEN to achieve: 
  • A spiral curriculum (revisit and revise) - at the start of each lesson, the children revisit previous learning and vocabulary. This will give the children with SEN more time to understand concepts and vital knowledge. 
  • Visual word mats - these mats are in place for children to take home and use in school to support their learning. These are used to pre-teach new vocabulary prior to the lesson.
  • Linking geography to other parts of the curriculum, including reading, to make sure children understand the importance of Geography. 
Where could Geography take you? Inspiring career ideas for the future . . .
Geography Home Learning
 
Do you want to develop your child's interest in Geography at home? Please download this document below for a range of home learning opportunities collected by the Geographical Association. Please share with us any other exciting learning you experience together.