At West Ewell Primary School and Nursery our geography curriculum is designed to develop our children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We will make learning experiences creative, relevant and challenging to help prepare our children for a rapidly changing world. By providing opportunities to develop a range of investigative and problem-solving skills both in and outside the classroom, learners are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. As our learners progress through the school, they will be introduced to diverse places, people, natural and human environments, together with an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
At West Ewell Primary, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the school; each year building on previous knowledge and understanding to ensure high standards of teaching and learning. The knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum are at the core of the learning planned for each termly topic.
Geography teaching focuses on enabling children to think as geographers. Lessons can be part of a topic or may be a discrete lesson depending on the learning objective. We aim to make learning relevant and for children to gain ‘real life experiences’ which contribute to the cultural capital of our pupils.
Teachers plan lessons for their class using our programme of study ensuring a progression of geographical skills from EYFS to year 6. Each academic year, children build upon their locational and place knowledge, human and physical geography, geographical skills and field work in a spiralling curriculum. This ensures that all skills will be revisited and consolidated.
At West Ewell Primary School, the impact of learning in Geography is an improved awareness of the wider world and an increased knowledge of their immediate environment. The programme of study and progression of skills ensures that our children have an in depth understanding of people, places and environments and the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Across all age ranges, field work gives the opportunity to embed this learning in a tangible ‘real life’ way.
Geographical understanding is further supported by our close links with international partner schools, complementing children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
In essence, our aim is that the impact of Geographical learning at West Ewell Primary piques children’s curiosity and inspires questions to be asked and answers to be sought.