At Dukesgate Academy we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum at Dukesgate Academy enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Little Hulton, Salford and Manchester. This can help them develop a real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special.
Through high quality teaching, we develop the following essential characteristics of geographers:
- An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like, both in Britain and in the wider world
- A comprehensive understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected
- An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary
- Fieldwork skills as well as other geographical aptitudes and techniques
- The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding, about current issues in society and the environment
- A genuine interest in the subject and a real sense of curiosity about the world and the people who live here
Geography is taught in blocks throughout the year, so that children achieve depth in their learning. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic, and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group. The local area is fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice.
As part of the planning process, teachers plan the following:
- A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) all children must master
- A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth
- A low stakes quiz which is tested regularly to support learners’ ability to block learning and increase space in the working memory
- Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning
- Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience
All children will have Quality First Teaching. Any children with identified SEND or in receipt of pupil premium funding may have work additional to and different from their peers in order to access the curriculum dependent upon their needs. As well as this, our school offers a demanding and varied curriculum, providing children with a range of opportunities in order for them to reach their full potential and consistently achieve highly from their starting points.
Our Geography Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. As well as a focus on knowledge and skills progression, discreet vocabulary progression also forms part of the units of work. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum using the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
- Assessment of children’s understanding of topic linked vocabulary before and after the unit is taught
- Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.
- Pupil voice and discussions about their learning
- Moderation staff meetings where pupils’ books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their classes' work.
- Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum.
- Marking of written work in books.