Geography is currently planned at delivered in phases, focused on the key content and skills from the National Curriculum. A delivery map was created for KS2 last academic year and a key focus moving forward will be to ensure all National Curriculum objectives are covered on during the new two year cycle, which is being implemented from this academic year.
The next steps for this year will be to create a tracking document to assess pupil progress in Geography and to ensure all NC targets at covered on the new whole school planning document. To raise the profile of Geography in school, either a topic based display of learning of a Geography themed event will be organised this academic year.
Phases are currently planning a new two year cycle to cover NC targets for Geography. KS1 and KS2 staff are planning a curriculum which will focus more on local Geography earlier down the school before moving to the study of different countries and regions in KS2.
A sample of pupil work was taken from each year group last academic year to review curriculum coverage. Moving forward pupil surveys may be useful to analyse pupil engagement with the subject.
Lessons focus on the key skills and knowledge needed to progress through the year groups and phases. It will be important to look at work in books this year to see if important skills are revisited throughout a pupil’s time at our school.
In addition to lesson coverage, Geography will be given focus during engaging topic launches and pupil led assemblies, in which pupils present their learning to parents.
As well as book looks and learning walks, subject knowledge and skills development should be monitored on a termly basis.