How we teach Geography at the Avenue

We shape our geography curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to all our children. We teach the requirements of the National Curriculum alongside our comprehensive geography skills framework from Early Years (as Understanding the World) through to Year 6. We provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum with a carefully planned progression of vital geographical concepts, knowledge and skills as our children journey through the school.

Geography at The Avenue is taught in blocks so that children can achieve depth in their learning. During term 3 and 4, geography is the focus subject that drives our topics.  We structure our learning in this way so that the children are immersed in everything that is geography. Further geographical opportunities are planned and spaced throughout the year so that the children’s knowledge and skills are revisited, embedded and built upon. Our curriculum is delivered in a way that is interesting, relevant to our children and links to other areas of learning, wherever possible. Tasks are selected and designed to provide appropriate challenge to all learners, in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. Fieldwork is carefully planned for and sequenced and there are plenty of opportunities to learn to draw and interpret maps within each geography unit.

As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding an appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. Where possible, we make meaningful links with our current family and military backgrounds when planning units. For example, recently we studied a locality in Fiji celebrating our Fijian community within school.