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Construction of the curriculum

Geography Intent(2)

At Newby Primary we believe it is imperative that children study, understand and develop a curiosity about the world and its people. A careful balance of knowledge and skills ensures our children not only develop a broad understanding of facts but also are equipped with the skills required to use Geography in their day to day lives. We want children to enjoy and love learning about geography by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.  We encourage our children to ‘imagine’ what different places might be like using their existing knowledge to build up an understanding of the similarities and differences between where we are and where we are discovering. At Newby we believe that Geography plays a pivotal role in children understanding the many opportunities available to them not just in Bradford but the UK and beyond.

Ambition of the curriculum

As with all learning at Newby Primary, our ambition is that children experience Geography first hand rather than through text books or presentations only. Our Geography curriculum aims to give children a broad understanding of the world outside of the classroom, expanding their horizons. First to the many opportunities in the local environment through river studies, exploring the history of our canals and their importance in our milling history on to other places in the UK, before moving on to the wider world. The overall ambition for our children is that they cover a wide range of geographical aspects from local to global and to become increasingly aware of key features, whilst becoming expertly skilled in the scrutiny, comparison and investigation of Geography through tangible learning opportunities.

Geography should be an opportunity for our children to connect with their environment, for them to connect with people and places that are similar to where they live and for them to connect with people and places that are different. Through these connections, children will develop an understanding of the complex world in which we live, appreciating differences and celebrating our richly diverse and varied world.

Our Geography curriculum has been sequenced and designed to ensure children have a good understanding of concepts and skills. These are interwoven within and across year groups to ensure learning is secured in the long term memory. 

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