Hello and welcome to the Geography area. My name is Mrs Stephenson and I am the Geography lead. I am currently a Year 3 teacher, however I am responsible for overseeing all of the fabulous geography work that goes on throughout the school.
Like all of the other subject leaders here at Southwick Community Primary School, I aim to embed an ethos of over-learning, opportunities for revisiting prior taught skills and knowledge and creating passionate geographers who love to learn about the world around them!
Here at Southwick, we follow ‘The Essentials Curriculum’ which breaks down concepts into three key milestones. Teachers then use these milestones to inform their planning and assess the progress the children are making.
Whilst it is important for the children to learn about the world around them, I believe it is vital for them to have a good understanding of their local area too! We live in an amazing city with so many different things to see and do and it is so important to provide opportunities for the children to visit these places as part of their learning.
We also try to make geography ‘hands on’ where possible, ensuring that the children have a range of excellent resources to support their learning. We hope that this hands on approach will support the children in transferring their learning into the long term memory, which can be recalled at a later date. This should also help to create a passion for the subject and children who are curious about the world around them.
We also include a Geography week each year with each year group focusing on a different area. This has proven to be a great success as it allows the children to delve deep into their chosen focus topic. Last year, we held a ‘Save the World Week’ and later this year we will have ‘Europe Week’ where each year group has been allocated a different European country to focus on. Year groups are encouraged to run their allocated country through all of their teaching that week, allowing for excellent cross curricular links.