At Tunstead we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum at Tunstead enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; 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. The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Tunstead and also to their further education and beyond.
Outcomes in topic and literacy books, evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. Children review their successes towards achieving the lesson objectives at the end of every session. Pupils assess what they know at the start of a topic and what they have learned by the end using strategies such as mind mapping. As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context.
Geography is taught through topic work. Topics can be taught over three weeks or one term dependant on the topic. Topics are taught on a two year rolling cycle so every child visits each topic once. This also allows teachers to work together across year groups to support planning, resources and trips. Teaching Geography within topic means learning is delivered within a relevant context and builds on prior learning helping children make links and make progress. Cross curricular outcomes in geography are specifically planned for, with strong links between geography and morning literacy lessons identified, planned for and utilised. The local area is fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice. Tunstead has a large green site with large Forest School that children regularly learn in and a wildlife garden. The school is also located in the heart of the farming community and the location is used well to develop local understanding for our children.