At Great Eccleston Copp Church of England School, our geography curriculum aims to inspire children with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. In Geography, we aim to provide high-quality, engaging and enjoyable lessons to enable the children to develop a coherent knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live. Throughout the school, children learn about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We believe it is important to nurture and encourage children’s natural curiosity, to shape and direct it and to turn the children into inquisitive, questioning learners who look closely at the world around them and begin to be able to interpret what they see. We aspire to nurture the children to develop a sense of their own identity and understand the challenges of their time.
Geography teaching focuses on enabling children to think as geographers. We place an emphasis on mapping and fieldwork skills and understanding the world in which we live and place a high-quality text underneath our teaching and learning. We focus on helping children understand the world in which they live, encouraging them to ask questions such as, ‘why?’, ‘where?’, ‘what? and ‘how?’. We aim to use a variety of techniques to simulate interest and a questioning approach to each geography theme studied. We encourage teachers to plan visits to geographical sites and create links with the wider community.
Each geography unit results in a Double Page Spread or a Mini Double Page Spread. This is where the children are given the opportunity to showcase what they have learned throughout the unit, focussing on vocabulary and knowledge.
What our children think about geography at Great Eccleston C.E. School:
"I really like geography because we learned about the highest mountain in Scotland and Wales and it's tricky to remember all of it." Henry Y6
“I like learning about my house and where you live.” Thomas Reception
"I like using the atlases because I can see the whole world in it." Alys Y2
"I like geography because I like learning about different countries." Albert Y1
"I geography I enjoyed learning about mountains and the tallest mountains around the world. I especially liked learning about Mount Everest and how tall it is." Lottie Y6
"I like learning about the whole world." Noah Y1
“I liked drawing my house.” Thea Reception
"I like how it tells you something you've never learnt before and it's really interesting!" Sofia Y4
"I like learning the continents song and the United Kingdom song." Leo Y1
"Geography is a lot of fun and we get to learn about different countries that are very remote." Cameron Y6
"I like how we learnt about the forest and the biomes because biomes cover all of the world." Thomas Y4