At St John’s Primary Academy, we are GEOGRAPHERS! As a school we promote the love of geography, we want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be cartographers, town planners, conservationists, or weather forecasters. St John’s Primary Academy believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. We pride ourselves on our creative learning environment and classroom displays. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it.
We want to ensure that through Geography, pupils can explore the relationship between the Earth and its people through the study of place, space and environment. In Geography, pupils in our school will learn the skills of understanding locational knowledge; how and where people fit into its overall structure. We also intend for children to become passionate and knowledgeable about our local community and beyond, by learning through experiences in practical and fieldwork activities.
In order to inspire children’s curiosity about the world, interest and creativity, we are enthusiastic about Geography and encourage children to explore and ask questions with every opportunity they have. At St John’s Primary School, Geography is taught within each Topic, it is embedded using cross curricular outcomes, for example by creating strong links between the history curriculum and science. Lesson content and tasks are designed to provide appropriate challenge to all learners, in line with our commitment to inclusion.
It is important that children develop the skills of a geographer by fully immersing them in all areas of the subject. School trips and fieldwork are provided to give first-hand experiences, which enhance children's understanding of the world beyond their locality.
Our aim is to encourage St John’s pupils to develop an appreciation and understanding of how the past has shaped our lives. As historians, pupils are exposed to a rich and balanced curriculum that provides them with new vocabulary and facts. At St John’s, we aim to develop curious learners that reflect on the past and make meaningful links. The topics taught are specifically selected to build upon children’s understanding and organised to outline their skills, knowledge, and vocabulary in a coherent way, informed by the national curriculum and also sensitive to their interests.
History is taught in termly blocks in a creative curriculum throughout the year, so that children develop a deeper understanding to their learning. By the end of year 6, children will be secure in drawing comparisons and making connections between different time periods and how that has affected their own lives today. They will also have a good sense of chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. We start each new term with a ‘hook’ for learning to provide engagement, excitement, and a gateway into a new and exciting topic. History is embedded using cross-curricular outcomes, by creating strong links between the history curriculum and literacy lessons. History provides excellent opportunities to support all learning abilities through investigations, outdoor learning and analysing sources. Educational visits are a key part of our history curriculum, as they offer opportunities for learning outside the classroom, in which our children have explored local museums and had visitors to enhance their learning experiences.
Outcomes in topic and literacy, evidence a broad and balanced history curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of key knowledge. Through our creative curriculum, pupils learn to think critically, ask questions and evaluate evidence sources. Progression in history is built on their knowledge, understanding and key skills. These are broken into Year group expectations, which are monitored through:
Interviewing pupils on their learning (pupil voice)
Marking of work against the schools marking policy
Teachers inputting data on a passport Tracker