Geography is essentially about understanding the world we live in. It helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. At Hadnall, children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferrable to other curriculum areas. Geography is an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. At Hadnall, our intent, when teaching geography, is to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and people within it; 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.
Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be. We teach the National Curriculum and the EYFS Statutory Framework, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year-by-year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. It is important that children develop the skills of a geographer by fully immersing them in all areas of the subject. The local area is fully utilised to achieve desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practise. School trips and fieldwork are provided to give first-hand experiences, which enhance children’s understanding of the world beyond their locality.
By the time children leave Hadnall School, the children will:
- have an excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like
- have an extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary
- have the ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain findings
- will have developed and utilised fieldwork and other geographical skills e.g. evaluation, creativity, problem solving and enquiry
- have a passion for and commitment to the subject, and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there
- have the ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and the environment.