Geography Programme of Study

Learning is defined in the Ofsted handbook as ‘An alteration in long-term memory.’  In order to achieve this, the curriculum needs to be in an order so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before, meaning pupils can connect new knowledge with existing knowledge and work towards clearly defined end points.

A trip to Tesco for our Farm to Fork topic Visitors from the Maasai tribe in Kenya Food tasting at Tesco

Geography in the School Curriculum

Being an all-through school has enabled us to create a bespoke programme that builds on skills and knowledge across the whole school.

  1. Within Primary, we enhance the curriculum by utilising the skills of our Secondary colleagues to deepen the subject knowledge of both staff and students.
  2. Units with key objectives have been planned by the Primary staff in order to ensure there is continuity and progression from Reception to Year 6 and into KS3 and KS4
  3. The command words: Describe, Explain and Compare are used when planning activities, to enable children, when they are developmentally ready, to show their geographical understanding; this leads directly into the KS3 requirements from Year 7. 
  4. At Gildredge House, we recognise that experiences and enrichment opportunities help to bring the subject of Geography alive.  There will therefore be opportunities to:
  5. Handle artefacts with care
  6. Welcome visitors
  7. Use imaginative play or drama to express feelings and ideas
  8. Respond to images, games, stories, art, music and dance
  9. Make use of videos and the internet.
  10. Fieldwork:  It is encouraged that teachers plan opportunities to use the school grounds and local environment to conduct geographical fieldwork. When sessions lead to leaving the school grounds staff will implement a robust Risk Assessment.

Intent for Geography

Our Outside Area, created by the children, parents, and staff at Gildredge House

The pond                                                                                                   The apple trees                                                                                        
  1. To equip children with the necessary skills to investigate a range of places in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes and environments. This will include opportunities to explore our local environment.
  2. To build a geographical curriculum that endorses the importance of outdoor learning, to build a curiosity for learning to help them to know more, remember more and understand more.

Implementation of Geography at Gildredge House

Making a volcano as part of our Extreme Earth topic. A visit to Port Lympne as part of our Africa topic. A trip to Plumpton Farm as part of our Farming topic.

For more information on implementation and impact, read our Programme of Study

Geography Programme of Study.pdf