Our geography curriculum at Thornhill Primary aims to instil our children with an enthusiastic and inquisitive approach to the world around them. It aims to increase awareness of diverse places and people as well as promoting children’s interest and understanding about natural and human environments in line with our core values. At Thornhill, we offer a range of enriching educational visits and fieldwork trips in addition to classroom investigations to enable them to develop a deep understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes. Our children will develop geographical skills: collecting and analysing data; using maps, globes, aerial photographs and digital mapping to name and identify countries, continents and oceans; and communicating information in a variety of ways. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
In order to maintain high-quality Geography teaching and learning, we implement a progressive curriculum throughout the whole school. Focusing on skills and knowledge stated in the National Curriculum, Geography is taught as a termly topic. At Thornhill, we are ensuring that Geography is being recognised as carrying the same importance as other core and foundation subjects as we believe it is vital to not only develop children’s perspectives on the world, but to give them real world experiences too. For example, in KS1, children will undertake fieldwork to explore the types of buildings in the local area and use basic maps to direct them. In Lower KS2, this will then progress to children undertaking visits to neighbouring towns and villages to compare the environment to their local area.
The impact of the Geography curriculum at Thornhill will be equipping our students with the skills and knowledge to ensure that they are ready for further education and for life as an adult in the wider world.
Our desire is to have our children leave at the end of KS2 feeling as though they have thoroughly enjoyed geography lessons, inspiring and encouraging them to take on new life experiences and adventures both now and in the future.