Geography at Chigwell Row Infant School  

Intent

At Chigwell Row our curriculum is designed to inspire children’s fascination about the world around them—both local and further afield—that will remain with the for the rest of their lives.  We aim to foster and develop children’s curiosity about the world and its people through a cross curricular and creative approach to learning that balances core knowledge and sense of place.  We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Epping Forest to develop fieldwork skills and experience human and physical geographical features. We also aim to develop the children’s ability to apply geographical skills to enable to confidently communicate their findings and geographical understanding to a range of audiences. 

Our aim is for all children: 

  • To develop, curiosity about the world and everything in it and to enable them to ask and answer questions about the world.  

  • To develop a secure knowledge of where places are located, what they are like, what happens there; in Britain and the wider world 

  • To develop secure knowledge of human and geographical features which they experience locally or through photographs/videos.  

  • To develop skills in: enquiry, mapping, critical thinking, fieldwork and graphicacy.  

  • To being to understand the concepts of interconnectedness and interdependence on a local level.    

 

At Chigwell Row, we strive to for all children to become decision makers. We do this by encouraging positive attitudes, behaviours, values and personal development.  Children who make considered  

Children who make considered decisions enquire, communicate, problem solve, reason and reflect. They are: open minded, fair, courageous, resilient and creative  

 

Implementation  

Chigwell Row follows a project based cross-curricular approach to geography to ensure coverage throughout Early Years and Key Stage One.  

 

Children in the Foundation Stage are taught geographical elements of the Foundation Stage document through the Early Years Curriculum: Understanding the World.  Children think about different people and communities, places, cultures and festivals both locally and in the wider world; this is taught throughout the year and related to calendar dates. Additionally, children take part in forest school providing an opportunity to explore and experience the world around them.  

Additional opportunities in geography are provided through workshops, educational visits and weekly forest school sessions.  The use of Hainault Forest (located directly across from the school) allows for first hand experiences with some geographical features, mapping and field work.  Additionally, children are provided with a multisensory approach to space and place and a chance to explore their emotional response to different areas of the forest.  

 

Teachers spark and inspire children’s curiosity in the classroom by planning an awe and wonder introduction for each topic.  They carefully plan engaging and purposeful lessons to aid children in conceptual knowledge, vocabulary and fieldwork.  Teachers plan for precise questioning to asses these skills and identify gaps in learning.  They believe all children are capable of become decision makers and achieving high standards.  They do this by modelling positive behaviours, attitudes, values and personal development. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and given opportunities to use their enquiry skills to discover the answers.   

Knowledge and skills progress throughout Key Stage One:

  

As their knowledge (including vocabulary) and skills progress, they become more confident in their abilities as geographers and decision makers. We aim to ensure our curriculum provides children with secure knowledge as well as positive attitudes and behaviours needed to further develop in the next stage of education and the rest of their lives.  

 

Impact:  

 

Geography is the study of the world and everything on it; children at Chigwell Row have opportunities to experience geography first hand in our local environment providing them with the foundations they need for understanding the world around them. Our project-based Geography Curriculum is high-quality, engaging and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with curriculum, they are making good or better progress.  We measure the impact of our curriculum through teacher assessment at the end of each lesson, pupils’ discussion about their learning and a celebration of learning at the end of each project.