Burford Primary School
Burford Primary School
Burford Primary School
The Curriculum

Geography at Burford Primary School

"The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exist across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together."
Barack Obama

At Burford Primary School, we aim to increase our children's knowledge and spark curiosity about the wider world. We seek to create a life-long love of investigating and exploring, through teaching our children about diverse places, people and resources. Our desire is to provide our children with a sense of awe and wonder about the world they live in, through the study of natural and human environments, as well as physical and human processes. Our curriculum is designed to provide our children with the subject specific language they need to describe, question and discuss the world, as well as their place in it.

Geography and Windrush
Burford Primary School

We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. Due to our mixed aged classes, geographical knowledge is taught as part of a three-year rolling programme in Upper School (Year 4-6) and as a two year rolling programme in Year 1 and 2 and Year 2 and 3. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. Geography at Burford Primary school is taught in half termly blocks throughout the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. At the beginning of each topic, children are able to convey what they know already as well as what they would like to find out. This informs the programme of study and ensures that lessons are relevant and take account of children's different starting points and pupil voice. Key geographical knowledge and language (such as, the name and location of continents, countries, capital cities and oceans) is revisited frequently, to make learning memorable, relevant and easy to retrieve. The local area is fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice. We support learning with trips to inspire our children and widen their cultural experiences. Teachers are also encouraged to use a range of resources such as videos, photographs and newspaper articles during lessons to help create immersive learning experiences.

Burford Primary School

The impact of our Geography curriculum is measured in a variety of ways: questioning during lesson time, marking children's written work, listening to child-led discussion, interviewing pupils across the school about their learning, book looks and using images/ videos of children's practical learning.

By end of the Geography curriculum at Burford, our children will:
  • Have a growing knowledge of the world and their place in it.
  • Have a wider vocabulary of geographical terms.
  • Aspire to discover more about the world, through reading, travel or the media.
  • Develop their geographical skills, such as, evaluation, creativity, problem solving and enquiry.

Burford Primary School
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