Intent, Implementation and Impact
At Clyst St Mary Primary School children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum at Clyst St Mary Primary School enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people ; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We make the most of our local area with visits including around Clyst St Mary,e.g. children walk around the village looking at land use, the local river Clyst, visits to Exeter, Dartmoor and Exmouth.
Geography is taught as part of the cross-curricular plan, so that children achieve depth in their learning. We have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. 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 also ensures that lessons are relevant and take account of children’s different starting points. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.
The main source of impact will always remain the quality and breadth of work seen in pupil’s books and the learning environment. At Clyst St Mary, we are striving to raise the expectation of learners and the quality of work they produce from a rounded and connected curriculum. Children review their successes in achieving the lesson objectives at the end of every session. As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. Impact will be measured by how effectively it helps our pupils develop into well rounded individuals who have learnt to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and analyse data. We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about geography, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.