At Liberty Primary School, we deliver the National Curriculum objectives through topics carefully selected from the Cornerstones scheme, ensuring breadth and balance across all subject areas. Where possible, we use a cross-curricular approach and we choose themed texts to support our learning in each topic. Through this approach we aim for a high quality geography curriculum which 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. Teaching should equip pupils with 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. By revisiting these areas of learning regularly children will remember more, know more and understand more.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in geography, we implement a curriculum through Cornerstones that is progressive throughout the whole school. Geography is mapped out across the curriculum using the Cornerstones topics focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. At Liberty Primary School, we ensure that geography has the same importance given to it as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences.
To ensure that all foundation subjects receive dedicated, high quality teaching time, several subjects will now be taught in discrete themed days. Each half term, teachers will plan and deliver a dedicated Geography themed day. This themed day will be given an overarching focus linked to the National Curriculum. It is essential that we are able to demonstrate a progression in the knowledge and skills children develop as they move through the school.