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Rivers Primary Academy, Livingstone Road, Blakenall, Walsall, WS3 1LY
Part of Windsor Academy Trust
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Geography

At Rivers Primary Academy, we are geographers!

We want our pupils to love geography and we inspire them to aspire to be cartographers, town planners, conservationists or weather forecasters. We want our pupils to remember their geography learning and embrace the geographical opportunities they are presented with.Our geography curriculum forms part of the WAT ASPIRE curriculum: Our Aspirations are our possibilities - believe you can and you will!

Intent:

Our curriculum develops pupils’ aspirations so that they strive to be the best that they can be. The geography curriculum promotes curiosity and a love and thirst for learning. We carefully plan the subject knowledge, skills and vocabulary, coupled with specific Aspire character virtues and learning behaviours, so that our pupils have the tools to be successful in learning and in life. We aim to enrich our pupils’ time in our school with memorable experiences.

Implementation:

The geography Aspire curriculum has been carefully built and the learning opportunities and assessment milestones for each year group crafted to ensure progression and repetition in terms of embedding key learning - knowledge and skills are mapped out with threshold concepts. Each theme starts with a ‘big question’ and enquiry is further integrated into our geography themes and linked to the threshold concepts. Long-term curriculum maps have been developed with other schools within Windsor Academy trust. Meaningful links across subjects have been made where appropriate. Medium Term plans are written collaboratively and personalised locally where needed. Knowledge organisers identify key knowledge and help pupils with remembering more.  

Impact:

We aim for all of our children to leave Rivers Primary equipped with the geography skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at KS3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. Cumulative Quizzes inform the teacher about the impact of the current learning and demonstrate pupils’ retention of previous knowledge. Key Assessment Task (KATs) allow the teacher to see how the knowledge and skills gained can be translated into understanding. These are centred around a deep-thinking question, known as the ‘Big Question’ and are explicitly linked to the threshold concept/s. Reviews in geography include work scrutinies, learning walks, pupil and staff voice. All of this information is gathered and reviewed. It is used to inform further curriculum developments and provision is adapted accordingly.

At Rivers Primary Academy, we Inspire to Aspire!

Our Curriculum Overview:

Sample Knowledge Organisers: