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Curriculum Leaders: Jess Chisnall, Holly Tillcock and Sophie Millington

The Curriculum

Our curriculum is engaging, purposeful and stimulating. Links are made across the curriculum, particularly English, Maths and Computing. The use of drama and speaking and listening is central to ensuring children have a deep understanding of their topic and can transfer their knowledge in a variety of ways. Visitors and trips also ensure the work is brought to life, with members of the community involved as much as possible.

Knowledge and skills are built upon from the Early Years to Year 6. Children are able to experience a broad and balanced curriculum which enthuses all through hands on and practical tasks, giving children the opportunity to make real life links and understand their place within the world at large.

Our vision, as a Federation, is for all children to understand the world around them and to have a desire and ambition to find out as much as possible about the past, present and future. Children will be active learners who are interested and motivated to find out as much as possible about the world’s different cultures, religions and societies.

Geography Policy 2021

Aims

  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes

  • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time

  • are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
    * collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
    * interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
    * communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Objectives

In order to fulfil the above aims it is necessary for us as a school to ensure:

  • a continuity of experience throughout the school both within and among year groups

  • the systematic progression through Early Years, KS1 and KS2

  • that National Curriculum programmes of study and their associated strands, level descriptions and attainment target are given appropriate coverage

  • that all children have access to a range of resources

  • that children’s experiences are monitored and evaluated

  • that resources are used to their full extent

  • that resources and equipment are kept up to date as much as possible

  • that staff skills and knowledge are kept up to date

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