Geography Statement of Intent
We intend to promote children’s interest and understanding 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 aim to help children develop a greater understanding of their place in the world, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment. We aim for children to be ‘local citizens’ of today in order to become ‘global citizens’ of the future.
We have adopted a curriculum with a clear purpose, so that throughout their learning children learn to consider how the knowledge and skills they are gaining can be put to positive use, for themselves and others. We also recognise that in our school community we have a limited representation of a range of diverse cultures and beliefs, therefore it is essential that children learn to appreciate the value of diversity in Stanton and in Suffolk as a foundation, which will lead to a full understanding of human geography across the world. We want our children to appreciate what they have in common with others around the world and encourage them to think primarily about how children in other schools are similar to them, rather than focusing purely on difference.
In the Early years, being a geographer means using senses to explore the world, asking questions and making comments about aspects of familiar surroundings. Children look closely at the features, similarities and differences of where they live and go to school as well as other locations. From Year 1 we follow the programmes of study of the National Curriculum for Geography and have adopted the CUSP curriculum. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework to explain how the Earth’s features are shaped, interconnected and change over time. We want the children to be able to communicate their learning in a variety of ways. We aim to develop skills and knowledge that the children can use throughout their life including:
- Developing an age-appropriate, accurate knowledge of the location of a wide range of globally significant places
- Using their locational knowledge to provide a geographical context in which to study and understand important geographical processes
- Developing their ability to use key geographical vocabulary which is appropriate and accurate and which evolves from EYFS to Key stage 1 and through to key stage 2.
East Anglia exhibits a wide variety of landscapes. The coastline has fine sandy beaches, crumbling cliffs and the most Eastern point on the British Isles. The centre of the region has vast areas of open fields. The River Waveney rises in the north-western corner of Suffolk at Redgrave and Lopham Fen, home to the rare Fen Raft Spider. As Geographers, our pupils make full use of our local environment, with much of our fieldwork taking place in the local area; the school grounds, our forest, the Grundle or at Bluebell Woods. Further opportunities are provided during educational trips to a diverse range of locations such as lakes and woods, towns and cities, museums, castles and the coastline. Agriculture has been a major economic activity in Suffolk since the 18th century. The most important crops are cereals, sugar beets, and vegetables; food processing is a significant industry and we use our many links with the community to provide opportunities for learning including regular visits from one local farmer and his tractor as well as trips to the Schools’ Farm and Country Fair. We hope that our commitment to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about our local area will enable them to develop a real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special.
We aim to provide a high-quality geography education, that inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and it’s people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching will 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. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Our curriculum is structured to introduce and revisit knowledge, following the principles of instruction, guided by understanding how the memory works and cognitive load theory.
Children learning in Geography
Geography in Early Years and Foundation Stage
In Early Years, children are encouraged and guided to use investigation and exploration to develop their understanding of the world. Our curriculum is designed to enable children to make sense of their physical world and their community. Children are encouraged to:
- Show curiosity and interest in the features of objects and living things
- Describe and talk about what they see
- Show curiosity about why things happen and how things work
- Show understanding of cause and effect
- Notice and comment on patterns
- Show an awareness of change
- Find out about and identify the features of living things, places and events
- Look closely at similarities and differences between objects and places
- Ask about why things happen and how they work
Children are provided with many opportunities to develop a good understanding of the world around them by:
- Making observations and drawing pictures of animals, plants, weather conditions and places
- Looking at simple maps and aerial photographs of our school and village
- Drawing simple maps and plans of their own
- Exploring differences and similarities between the natural world around them and contrasting environments
- Drawing on their experiences, what has been read in class and finding places referred to on a World Map or globe
- Understanding some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons and changing states
For more information on the school's teaching and learning in Geography please do not hesitate to get in contact with Miss Littleton, the Geography lead, or click on the links below for some informative documents.
Children Recording Geography