The Geography Curriculum at Lincoln Carlton Academy has been designed to encourage our pupils to be curious about the world they live in and understand their place within it. It gives them opportunities to ask questions and develop the knowledge and skills they need to be independent thinkers. Our aim is to equip our pupils with knowledge of the diverse places, people, resources, natural and human environments of the world, together with a deep understanding of the earth’s key physical processes. Our local area provides a wealth of opportunities for children to go out an investigate their immediate environment and our curriculum has been designed to embrace these opportunities as often as possible.
The curriculum is centred around 4 key geographical concepts: locational knowledge, investigating places, natural processes and geographical skills. These concepts are first encountered in the Early Years Foundation Stage and are revisited in every key stage. These regular revisits ensure that children will know more, remember more and develop a deeper understanding of the key concepts during their time at LCA. It will also support them to develop connections between their prior knowledge and new learning. Now, more than at any time in the history of our planet, it is vital that our children know the impact that humans are having on the natural resources and physical features of the world around them and how this could impact on their future.
The curriculum at LCA is blocked into topics which provides an overarching theme for learning. Where possible, geography themes are interleaved into these topics to support children to make links to other areas of the curriculum. Teachers use the long term overview for geography along with corresponding knowledge organisers to plan sequences of lessons. These lessons are designed to revisit key concepts and knowledge and teach new vocabulary, alongside introducing new knowledge. At LCA there is no requirement for teachers to plan lessons in a particular style or deliver them in a specific format. We encourage teachers to be innovative and creative in their approach and to use strategies that they know will meet the needs of the pupils in their class.
Our pupils will:
- Be analytical thinkers who can use maps, globes, atlases and digital mapping applications to locate continents, oceans, countries and other physical features of our planet.
- Have excellent knowledge of the human and physical features of a range of places around the world as well as some of the key natural processes that occur on Earth. This will ensure they are prepared for the next stage in their geography education.
- Make their own decisions about how they will communicate their ideas and explanations.
- Embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake geographical fieldwork in a range of different environments. Talk knowledgably about the impact that humans continue to have on our planet and its natural processes and have the ability to debate and discuss these issues.