At Brindle St James' our geography curriculum is designed to be “rooted in God’s love” so that it inspires a lifelong curiosity and fascination of the world God gave us.
We aim to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We want them to grow in knowledge and understanding of the world we live in so that they can take an active part in contributing to and protecting our world.
As children progress through school, we build on and extend the scale of their understanding, appreciation and knowledge of: the world, its people, environments, landscapes and processes. We are committed to providing our children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Brindle and Chorley so that they can develop a real sense of who they are, their heritage, and what makes our local area so unique and special.
Geography at Brindle St. James is taught in topic-based units throughout the year, so that the children can achieve depth of learning. The National Curriculum provides us with a broad framework outlining the knowledge and skills to be taught in each Key Stage. The key knowledge and skills of each topic have been identified and progression has been ensured across topics for each year group throughout the school.
At the beginning of each topic, children are encouraged to convey what they know already, in addition to what they would like to find out. Teachers use this information to inform their planning and ensure that lessons are relevant and take into account children’s different starting points. Teachers produce a cycle of lessons for each unit, which carefully plans for progression and depth, concentrating on the geographical skills suited to the age group. The learning experiences are enhanced by specialist visitors to the school and both locally and further afield.
The impact of our geography curriculum can be seen by talking to the children about their interest in this subject and their love of the world around them. Evidence can also be seen in their books and displays around the school.
Geography is monitored each term by the subject leader and the outcomes inform the action plan and the SDP.
The subject leader for Geography is Mrs. Stewart