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Church of England Primary School

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Geography

Statement of Intent:

Our Geography curriculum enables pupils to explore the relationship between the Earth and its people through the study of place, space and environment.  Using the local environment as a starting point, pupils explore, through first-hand experience, the human and physical processes at work around them and compare these to learning about other countries and cultures beyond their own environment.  As a small village school, we encourage our pupils to be outward-looking and curious about the world beyond the peninsula and Suffolk.  By learning about diverse cultures from around the world and comparing life in these places to their own, pupils develop their understanding of the complexities and richness of life on Earth.  Against the backdrop of our curriculum intent as a whole, we strive also to teach our pupils about sustainability and the importance of caring for the environment so that they may become ‘custodians of the ever changing wider world’.

The ‘Big Ideas’:

The ‘Big Ideas’ in our Geography curriculum are location, interpretation and comparison.  These form an integral part of the development of skills and the learning of key concepts in this area of the curriculum.  The curriculum reflects our school vision ‘Love other people…as we love ourselves’ as the pupils are given the opportunity to learn about the lives of people from other cultures and to appreciate and celebrate the diversity of human experience on a global scale. 

On World Oceans Day all of the pupils in the school took part in a Zoom call with Eleanor Church, Documentary Film Maker, Explorer and Environmentalist, who talked to us all about plastic pollution in the world's oceans.  Eleanor's informative talk helped our pupils to understand the impact of plastic pollution for marine life and inspired and challenged them to become courageous advocates for this cause. 

Progression Document: Big Ideas in Geography

National Curriculum Programme of Study

Long Term Planning Document

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