Welcome to Northcote’s Geography Page!
Our Subject Leader for Geography is Mr Burbridge
Below is an overview of our Geography Curriculum
We are currently in the process of identifying core knowledge and skills for each unit.
Geography at Northcote
At Northcote, the teaching of Geography motivates children to find out about the world around them and enables them to recognise the importance of sustainable development. Through their work in Geography, children learn about their local area and compare this with other regions of the United Kingdom and the rest of the world.
There is a focus on location and place knowledge as well as geographical skills such as using maps, atlases and globes. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. In addition, children will study a variety of physical features using subject specific vocabulary.
Children will collect and analyse data from a range of sources and communicate this in a variety of ways, including maps, numbers and writing. Where possible, the study of this subject is cross-curricular and children are provided with an understanding of what it means to be a global citizen. This will encourage a respect for other cultures and the environment.
Geography is delivered through discrete units throughout the school. Where appropriate, cross curricular links are made with other subjects. For example, children read and interpret graphs in Maths. Grid references, map skills and orienteering also use mathematical knowledge and link to P.E. Links to History are made through the study of World War 2 mapping the conflict in Europe.
Children are provided with the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge during field work activities and make use of working as ‘geographers’ in their local area, starting with exploring their classrooms, playground, local area and eventually Liverpool as a city.
As the children move through the school, they follow the age-related expectations set out in the National Curriculum document. Display work stimulates learning and introduces children to key geographical vocabulary.
Classrooms are well resourced with globes, atlases and maps and teachers utilise the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) website for additional, quality resources.
In Geography lessons throughout the school, children are taught in mixed ability classes by their skilled class teachers. By allowing children to work with peers of different abilities and with different skill-sets, all children have equal access to the curriculum. In addition to this, all classes have access to support from a well-trained Learning Support Assistant (LSA). Within class, work is differentiated to ensure challenge and support at all levels. Differentiation is also demonstrated through adult or peer support as well as outcome.
Staff are trained and receive regular updates regarding changes in the curriculum. Training is received through both internal and external providers to ensure the best provision for both our staff and our children.