At Ashley Hill Multi Academy Trust, children will experience a thorough, embedded and diverse Geography curriculum which encourages them to develop and harness a curiosity of the world around them and to understand their place in it.
Children will develop knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. This will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills will provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
Geography will also be considered as a driver for whole-school topics, which feeds down into sub-genres where other subjects can be linked accordingly.
Geography is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning. These topics will link alongside the class topic currently being taught within the phase groups. This has been laid out in the long-term plan for each year group, with detailed objectives to be covered as part of each unit. Cross curricular and outdoor learning outcomes in geography are specifically planned for, with strong links between geography and literacy lessons identified, planned for and utilised
In addition to these blocks, we aspire to teach Geography within the AHMAT on a weekly basis through the Geography book which is an embedded approach, ensuring that children are consistently developing their knowledge and understanding of the wider world around them, as well as more closer-to-home by focusing solely on the United Kingdom
Newsround is a consistent daily feature in morning sessions which offers opportunities to discuss current affairs of the world around us, providing children the ability to make links between their lives and the lives of others around the world and their learning.
Geographical learning will be showcased in each class’ non-core book and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. Children will reflect on their learning consistently, as well as before and after the topic, to identify how learning has progressed.
As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding an appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. Regular school trips provide further relevant and contextual learning.