The named Geography Subject Leader at Our Lady's is Mr P Spear
Children at Our Lady’s learn about Human and Physical Geography. Within the context of an ever changing global environment, it is important that children have a good understanding of the physical world around them and the impact that we, as humans, can make upon this environment. Within the context of the 21st century and continuing globalisation, children now more than ever need to know about cultural and economic diversity around the world.
Children at Our Lady’s are taught Geography through the Creative Curriculum, this means that areas of study are taught within contextual situations and children can apply computing, design and art skills when finding solutions to questions posed in Geography lessons. Each class works on their topic for a week at the start of each term. This allows them to become highly immersed and engaged in the topic and also gives them the opportunity to understand the topic and concepts at a deeper or mastery level.
We also use Thinking Actively in a Social Context (TASC) and Build-A-Team to teach Geography. TASC provides the children with a structure to approach issues and problems posed within Geography lessons – as an example, in Year 5 the children study North America and they are asked to provide a holiday brochure to explain the most desirable and interesting destinations to visit in terms of physical and human features. The TASC wheel helps them to research design, refine, share and evaluate their work. We also use the Build-A-Team, an approach we have developed in school. This approach sees the children solve a contextual problem. They work through a verity of steps to solve a problem, these steps include consulting experts and creating a team with assigned roles. Our previously cited North America topic would be an example of this: the children would consult tour organisers and create an itinerary for visitors to North America.
Each class works on a topic each week in depth at the start of each term . This allows them to become highly immersed and engaged in the topic at a level that shows a greater depth of mastery of the skills and knowledge.
Children also produce cross curricular work. For example planning out distances between places to visit in North America or writing to persuade tourists to visit the locations in North America that they have researched. This approach makes the work relevant and enjoyable. The children are also much more likely to remember concepts and facts and figures. This also allows them to use skills which are highly relevant in Geography, such as researching concepts, evaluating evidence, listening to viewpoints and constructing reports and viewpoints.