At Molehill Primary Academy, we believe that Geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Our vision is that all of our children can think, speak, research and write about geography and, indeed, think of themselves as geographers.
Our inclusive curriculum is designed to engage our pupils as global citizens ensuring that all children develop the necessary skills and understanding. The curriculum goes beyond the parameters set out within the National Curriculum to think of the ‘bigger picture’ to include clear links to other relevant subjects, such as science, history, and other aspects of social studies. We acknowledge the rapidly changing world in which we live, and ensure that our teaching of geography is both up to date and accurate. In this way, the curriculum is ambitious and enables all children to gain the cultural capital needed to succeed in life.
The Geography curriculum is linked to inquiry based learning as part of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Beginning in the Early Years Foundation Stage, Understanding the World, Molehill Primary Academy begins by basing geographical teaching on what the children already know. Local visits, including walks round the surrounding area, to the local church, park and Morrisons, and to Dominos Pizza provide the children with first-hand experiences. The school has a diverse range of nationalities within its population and is stronger for this diversity. Language Ambassadors share their languages through assemblies and displays. Pupils participate in school trips to London, to museums and shows, and plan to visit Camber Sands as a Geography specific field trip. The school has links to a partner school in Malawi, which is explored through assemblies, letter writing and a visit by teacher representatives from our school , and video conversations with another partner school in Helsinki. In addition to real-life trips outside of the school, classes engage in immersive virtual visits to other countries by using a multimodal approach. Examples of this have included trips to Australia and China. Teachers include reference to global events as appropriate to the children’s ages and stage of development.
The impact of our curriculum is evident in our Inquiry Books, on display throughout the academy, and through discussion with our children. A spiral approach to the curriculum ensures that the curriculum and prior learning are revisited throughout the year, and subsequent years, with increasing complexity and breadth. With links being made to and within other subjects, children gain a deeper and contextualised understanding.
The Geography Subject Leader uses lesson observations, conversations with class teachers and children to monitor progress which is underpinned by a Foundation Subject Tracker.