Geography

Geography

At Park Hall Academy we intend to provide an exciting and engaging curriculum which deepens all learners understanding of the world around them by bridging divides and bringing people together. Our high-quality, carefully planned geography curriculum inspires pupils curiosity and fascination about the world, and its people, that will remain with learners for the rest of their lives. Our Geography curriculum provides a breadth of content with clear connections between the knowledge and skills our geographers need to learn. We aim to invoke learners curiosity by including personal places of interest into the learning journey. It is our aim that learners develop a strong sense of identity, which builds upon having a secure locational and place knowledge, understanding human and physical processes and equipping our learners with geographical skills. At Park Hall Academy, we aim to inspire a love of geography learning and create expert geographers of the future.

Intent for our Geographers:
We aim for:
Our champion geographers will use geographical vocabulary to identify and describe natural and human created systems and features.
Our learners will develop curiosity, awe and wonder about the world and its people.
Our geographers will learn the processes that are changing our environment and how we can act to create a better, more sustainable world.
Our learners will build upon their geographical knowledge linking it to real life experiences.
Our learners will record observations and findings in a variety of ways including map work, collecting data and making cross curriculum links.
Geographers will deepen their knowledge and understanding of globally significant places and places of interest including ‘the Potteries’.
Using fieldwork, they will observe, explore, measure and record features in the landscape, and how humans interact with the world around them.
Our learners will use technology creatively through the use of interactive resources, including Google Earth and other GIS, to enhance geographical knowledge by making cross curricular links.
Geographers will learn to make links and connections through personal experiences allowing them to contextualise their knowledge.

Our Curriculum Offer:
Our learners will become champion geographers in a high quality, exciting curriculum which will inspire pupils curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Progression of knowledge and skills in geography is fundamental at Park Hall Academy to develop life long geographers. The curriculum has been progressively planned and mapped out to ensure alignment to the objectives of the National Curriculum content and program of study. Our learning journey begins in EYFS and is built upon each year ensuring that knowledge and skills build progressively and that learners develop skills systematically.
We unlock powerful knowledge that takes learners beyond their everyday experiences. Providing our geographers with cross curricular outcomes in Geography leads to an attitude of limitless ambitions – whilst ensuring that learners remain focused on geographical learning.
Learning outside the classroom is a key feature of geography lessons and specific activities are mapped and planned enabling children to understand through experience and practical application. We take full advantage of our school’s locality including Park Hall Hills and lake, and the open space and variety of habitats that we have on our school grounds. New experiences are constantly sought through enrichment opportunities and visits.
Learners are exposed to and use and apply key terminology, building an extended specialist geographical vocabulary to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the world. Our geography curriculum, creates a climate of ‘no limits learning’. It allows all learners to explore the world around them and understand the world and locality they are living in which gives them a strong sense of identity. We do this by highlighting localities such as ‘Pride of the Potteries’ and Stafford Castle.