At Ainsdale St John’s we are geographers of the 21st Century. We want our children to love geography, to love their lessons, learn from rich and memorable activities and embrace the opportunities given to them. We strive to develop a thirst for life-long, active and responsible learning, following the Christian values that Jesus has given to us. We aim to develop the children’s love of the world around them, inspire a curiosity and fascination for the planet and the people who live in it. We want them to fully understand their role and place in caring for the world that God created.
Through high quality teaching, all our children develop their knowledge of diverse places, people, resources and the natural and human environment.
We want our children to have an extensive base of key geographical vocabulary and knowledge. We provide them with opportunities to locate and name places in the world, to understand the geographical similarities and differences between these locations. Children are encouraged to see how places are interdependent and interconnected.
Through critical thinking we aim to develop analytical mapping and fieldwork skills. We foster children’s ability to work collaboratively and creatively to reach conclusions and clearly communicate well balanced opinions about places and environmental issues.
The geography curriculum is based on the National Curriculum programmes of Study and has been carefully designed to ensure progression and repetition in terms of embedding key learning, knowledge and skills.
We use resources and planning provided by the Royal Geographical Society and the Geography Association and this helps class teachers deliver a rich curriculum.
Geography is taught discretely but staff also make meaningful links across subjects and link prior knowledge to new knowledge to deepen children’s learning. We believe that by crafting our curriculum this way, we improve the potential for our children to retain what they have been taught, develop their long-term memory and thus improve the rates of progress they make.
Teachers use formative assessment in lessons and this informs their short term planning and helps them provide the best possible support for children.
Summative assessments are made at the end of each topic.
Monitoring in geography includes: book scrutinies, learning walks, pupil and staff voice.
Information gathered is used to gain an accurate understanding of the quality of education in geography.