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Wellington Primary School
Geography

At Wellington we strongly believe that geography is an integral part of curriculum and teachers ensure they plan and teach exciting and engaging lessons. Through geography we aspire to enhance a child’s learning of the world, deepen their understanding of their place in the world and the impact they have on its future. Through enquiry led projects we wish to maximise every child’s potential. We aim to provide opportunities to enable children to develop skills to investigate, make sense of and communicate with the world around them in order to become responsible, healthy members of the community. Our teaching will be based on the Programmes of Study for Key Stage 1 and 2 (National Curriculum 2014). It will also be linked to the year group’s current creative curriculum topic.

Through the teaching of geography at Wellington we aim to:

  • Help pupils develop knowledge and understanding of places and themes including patterns and processes.
  • Foster children’s sense of wonder of the world around them
  • Enable pupils to develop a sense of identity through learning about the UK and its relationships with other countries.
  • Develop an informed concern about the future of our planet
  • Enhance children’s sense of responsibility for the acre of the earth and its inhabitants
  • Teach the skills and knowledge necessary to develop children as geographers
  • Encourage learning through enquiry-based projects and lessons in order to develop children’s independent research skills
  • Help children understand how to use a map in a variety of different contexts.

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In 2016 Wellington achieved the Primary Geography Quality Mark Silver award.

It was noted that Wellington teachers ensure policies impact on pupil learning and are not afraid to take risks, and innovate and challenge to achieve progress in geography. Key threads through the curriculum are inter-cultural understanding, local fieldwork, environmental issues and dilemmas connected with sustainability. These are explored in a variety of places across the world from local to global. Wellington uses creative approaches to stimulate learning and place a high value on using real life issues to promote understanding.