Geography at Tower Road Academy
Geography is essentially about understanding the world we live in. As it is an investigative subject, our intent when teaching geography at Tower Road is to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and people within it, which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We aim to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes by investigating a range of places both in Britain and abroad. As children progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. We intend for our children to have real life experiences and learn about geography in an active and creative way by creating opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about our local area, so that they develop a sense of who they are and what makes our area unique and special.
- Geography at Tower Road is designed to be progressive by way of revisiting prior knowledge and skills within the year and throughout the school years. This means the children can achieve greater depth in their knowledge and skills as they progress through school.
- Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.
- Knowledge organisers are used each term to support the learning of new knowledge and tier 3 vocabulary related to the geography topic.
- The local area is fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice.
- Links to history, science, maths and other subject areas explored and opportunities to apply learning in these subjects are carefully mapped.
- Retrieval of previously learned content is frequent and regular, supporting pupils to discriminate between topics and aiding long term memory.
- Displays are used in classrooms to enable pupils to make links within topics, between topics, between subjects and deepen their understanding.
- We use a range of books, atlases, maps (digital and paper) and globes to explore and investigate as well as enabling children to gain ‘real life experiences’ from field work and school trips.
- Careers in geography are explored through visiting members of the local community.
Some of the trips we go on as part of our geographical enquiry:
- Year 1 fieldwork and data collection in the local area
- Year 2 local area fieldwork trip linked to Boston local history
- Year 5 fieldwork trip focusing on land use in Boston
- Year 2 trip to Lincoln Castle (linked to history) looking at the geographical features important to castle’s location
- Year 4 and 5 orienteering trips to Witham Park and Rutland Water
- Year 6 trip to central London, looking at walking routes around London and comparing maps of the same areas
Visitors are also an integral part of inspiring ambition and future careers. Some of the visitors we have in school:
- Travel agents
Cross-curricular reading in our geography curriculum
We have carefully mapped high-quality texts throughout our curriculum, some which are read in the geography lessons themselves, other are used to link geography with our learning in English, or as a class book. We strongly believe it immerses pupils into a topic, deepening their knowledge and understanding of a subject and exposing the children to rich vocabulary.
We believe it is important for young children to be inspired by and informed about the different careers or hobbies available to them in later life. Throughout our curriculum we not only look at the jobs involved within the field of geography, for example meteorologists and geologists, but we also look at lives and work of some of the world's most inspiring geographers and explorers of our time.
Dame Ellen MacArthur Dwayne Fields Robert Falcon Scott
What can you at home to support learning in geography?
- Visit the beach and explore coastal features
- Look at maps and atlases: find the location of football teams, famous landmarks, capital cities
- Keep a family scrapbook of places visited
- Read books about different areas of the world of features of our world.
- Watch CBBC's Newsround and discuss where, why and the importance of topics.
- Visit a river and explore its features
- Visit a wildlife park and discuss which countries the animals are from
- Visit a village, town and city and find similarities and differences between them
- Plan your trips - how to get there, what you will see on the way, how long it will take, speed limits, other possible routes.
- Find a location on a map before visiting
- Explore Google Earth of the local area and fun places around the world!
- Practise using directions ‘north, south, east, west’
- Watch nature documentaries and talk about the different places about the world
- Talk about the weather, seasons and keep a weather chart
- Eat some foods from around the world and talk about where they come from and the cultures of different places.
- Draw maps – a treasure map, a sketch map of your garden, a plan of the house!
- Talk about the environment and how we can help clean up the planet.