Geography at Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery inspires students to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.
The Early Years Foundation Stage areas of learning and National Curriculum programme of study for Geography provide an exciting basis for the skills, knowledge and understanding which Ashleigh children will learn during their time here. At Ashleigh we want to ensure this learning is contextualised into a growing global awareness and support our learners to become responsible citizens. The Geography curriculum will inspire children with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Ashleigh geographers will become independent learners with the ability to question, investigate and think critically about issues affecting a dynamically changing world.
In every year group, the curriculum is mapped into enquiry-based topics with learning objectives covering the four curriculum areas (locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork). Our topics and enquiries are planned to systematically progress children’s geographical skills and knowledge, with careful consideration given to the variety, location and scale of case studies used.
Ashleigh children also participate in whole school events such culture week and farming and science week where children further embed geographical learning. Assemblies covering current affairs explore big geographical ideas and place these in a global context, underpinned by the content taught in lessons.
The school has a large and diverse school grounds, including a school farm, which provide excellent opportunities for fieldwork at a local level. We are located within reach of the coast and Norfolk Broads providing real-life case studies and educational trips linked to topic work. Every classroom has a world map and age appropriate atlases which provide opportunities for connected geographical learning across the curriculum and support students to embed knowledge.
The school has an active eco-council who promote geographical and environmental projects and capture the issues that are most important to their peers.
At Ashleigh we recognise that Geography is an ever changing subject and the curriculum is reviewed yearly to reflect the latest geographical thinking.