At Mabe School we are passionate that our children develop a love for Geography in the classroom, in the environment, in their travels and in their futures. In fulfilling the requirements of the National Curriculum for Geography, we aim to provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum. Our Knowledge and Skills grid demonstrates that our geographical curriculum is progressive, with each year group building on the knowledge and understanding gained in their previous learning experiences.
At Mabe School, we aim for a high-quality Geography curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about places and people; resources in the environment; physical and human processes; formation and use of landscapes. We also want children to develop geographical skills: collecting and analysing data; using maps, globes, aerial photographs and digital mapping to name and identify countries, continents and oceans; and communicating information in a variety of ways. We want children to enjoy and love learning about Geography by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in Geography, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Geography is taught as part of a half-termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. Geography will naturally feature more significantly within some topics than others, such as Mountains, Rivers and Islands, but we work hard to ensure that each objective is covered by the end of the key stage.
At Mabe School, we ensure that Geography is treated with the same respect and importance as the core subjects. We believe that it is crucial for children to begin to develop a ‘sense of place’ as soon as they join our school in the nursery class. Exploring the school grounds and our locality (such as Year 2’s walk to the local quarry) are crucial experiences which help children identify the ‘Mabeness of Mabe.’
As well as meeting age related expectations set out in the National Curriculum, we firmly believe it is essential that the children are equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. We aspire that they will become good citizens within their local community and across the globe. They need to know that geography ‘happens’ everywhere and with the predicted environmental changes ahead, be aware that they have a key role to play in protecting the world around them.