At Sutton Green, children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. Children are taught about their local area and the wider world to inspire curiosity, respect and fascination. Children are equipped, through a sequence, to develop an understanding of human and physical processes. In cross-curricular topics, children learn to investigate and explore diverse places, people and resources. Children are taught a wide range of geographical skills from the National Curriculum, for example, mapping and fieldwork.
High-quality geography lessons at Sutton Green are delivered through our topics via Cornerstones, which encourages our children to gain geographical skills through our interactive and knowledge-rich learning projects. These skills can be found on our skills progression map.
The school and classroom environments encourage our pupils to engage, develop, innovate and express themselves through their own unique stage of development and learning. Teaching ensures that pupils gain knowledge and skills, appropriate for their age, and have high expectations to challenge all of our pupils to be proud of their work.
Each teacher checks against the geographical skills progression map to ensure that all of our pupils are reaching their full potentials.
Children are offered a wide range of experiences, such as clubs and extra-curricular visits, to enhance their understanding of the local area and wider processes. For example, we take our children to France, Moel Famau, Chester, Ellesmere Port town centre, Thurstaston beach, and many other places.
Outcomes in topic books, evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge relating to each of the identified national curriculum strands, as appropriate to key stage; locational knowledge, place knowledge and human and physical geography.
This is in addition to the development and application of key skills, supported by fieldwork. As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding an appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. Geographical understanding, as well as children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is developed through a range of cross-curricular topics.
This aspect of the work of the school is also supported through specific drives. Children learn about careers related to geography from members of the local and wider community, with specialist skills and knowledge and this ensures that they are well prepared for the next steps of their education.