A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. (DFE 2013)
Our vision is to ensure that the children of Heath Mount Primary School are globally aware and have a good understanding of the world around them at a local, national and international level, whilst stimulating their interest, enjoyment and fascination of the beauty and intrigue of the world in which they live.
We want them to investigate a variety of human and physical characteristics of different places, both local and afar through map and atlas work as well as purposeful research and focussed studies of individual countries and environments.
In our ever-changing world we also need to equip our children with knowledge of modern-day challenges on a local and global level, through topics such as climate change and migration. We want to create educated citizens, who are encouraged to make informed choices about how they interact with the world about them.
We want them to be critical and logical thinkers in and out of the classroom, who can confidently apply the skills of analysis, evaluation and justification.
As part of this planning and teaching process:
A prepare for learning activity- re-visiting prior learning
The introduction of new information and concepts through high quality teaching
The use of effective questioning to drive critical thinking and geographical enquiry
The introduction of key and new vocabulary
A rich, challenging and engaging independent activity which allows children apply their new learning, through geographical skills such as map work and fieldwork
A review of the learning through activities such as low stake quizzes and exit tickets.
Our five core learning characteristics: Hard work, Enjoyment, Aspiration, Respect, Teamwork (HEART) are our key drivers. These form the backbone of our curriculum with each being built around the five most significant areas of need for OUR children and OUR community.
1. Hard work – “Are pupils able to work independently, embrace challenge and to show resilience and learn from mistakes?”
2. Enjoyment – “Are children given the opportunity to engage with learning through creative and stimulating learning?”
3. Aspirations – “Do pupils set themselves high expectations and aspire for excellence?”
4. Respect – “Our pupils show respect for the diversity in our curriculum?”