Intent

Our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Children investigate a range of places – both in Britain and abroad – to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the earth’s physical and human processes.

We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Doncaster and South Yorkshire so that they can develop of real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special. We also developing the children’s ability to apply geographical skills to enable to confidently communicate their findings and geographical understanding to a range of audiences. Progression booklets have been produced to enable children and staff to plan their curriculum with progression in mind. They will be used to recap prior learning, explain the new learning and give an insight into where this learning will take them.

• Through high quality teaching, we develop the following essential characteristics of geographers:

• An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like, both in Britain and the wider world;

• A comprehensive understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected;

• An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary;

• Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills, as well as effective presentation techniques;

• The ability to reach clear conclusions and explain their findings through excellent fieldwork skills as well as other geographical aptitudes and techniques;

• The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current issues in society and the environment;

• A genuine interest in the subject and a real sense of curiosity about the world and the people who live here.

Implementation

We have used the National Curriculum as a basis of our Geography teaching. It has been used to outline the skills which the children need to learn to progress in their knowledge and understanding of Geography. The National Curriculum provides clear progression in skills which have been broken down into Year group specific skills in our own school progression document. Within our school we have chosen to use the Cornerstones Curriculum as a vehicle to teach the skills needed to be a confident geographer.

Children are taught a cycle of lessons, which carefully plans for progression and depth concentrating on the geographical skills suited to the age group. Teachers plan and deliver challenging questions for pupils to apply their learning in a philosophical/open manner which allow children to ‘go deeper’ into their learning and understanding. Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience are planned into the curriculum and appropriate curriculum themed home learning tasks which children complete with adults at home are set periodically. Progression booklets will be shared with the children at the beginning of their lesson to enable them to revisit their prior learning, be confident articulating their new learning and see what their learning will take them as they move through school. This will develop a knowledge of the purpose of their learning and where they sit upon their journey.

The key areas for assessment of Geography are Locational Knowledge, Place knowledge, Human and Physical Geography, Geography skills and Fieldwork. Teachers assess against the skills through formative assessment during the year.

Impact

Our geography curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. Topics are chosen to enthuse the children and ensure the teaching of the key geography skills and maintain progression. Emphasis is placed on investigative learning opportunities to help children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of each skill. Children will become familiar with places around the world and also deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and how this affects landscapes and environments.

In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

• Formative assessment.

• A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school.

• Pupil discussions about their learning.

Assessment will take place against ‘I can statements’ at the end of each academic year. This assessment will be against each area of geography learning.

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Nights are getting darker and snuggling up on the sofa with a seasonal film is definatly a favourite activity in our home and the smell of freshly made popcorn is right up there with freshly baked bread. As a source of fibre, popcorn will keep you feeling full for longer, making it an ideal snack – plus, it's actually really easy to make.
• 20g popping corn: 62kcal (260kJ)
• 3g (1tsp) of vegetable oil: 27kcal (113kJ)
• optional toppings

Method
Heat the oil in a thick-bottomed saucepan on medium high heat. (If you are using coconut oil, allow all of the solid oil to melt.)

Put 3 or 4 popcorn kernels into the oil:
Wait for the popcorn kernels to pop.
When the kernels pop, add the rest of the popcorn kernels in an even layer

Cover the pot, remove from heat and count 30 seconds:
(Count out loud! It's fun to do with kids.)
This method first heats the oil to the right temperature, then waiting 30 seconds brings all of the other kernels to a near-popping temperature so that when they are put back on the heat, they all pop at about the same time.

Return the pan to the heat:
The popcorn should begin popping soon, and all at once. Once the popping starts in earnest, gently shake the pan by moving it back and forth over the burner.

Tip: As the popcorn pops, try to keep the lid slightly ajar to let the steam from the popcorn release (the popcorn will be drier and crisper).

Once the popping slows to several seconds between pops, remove the pan from the heat:

Immediately empty popped popcorn into a serving bowl

Sprinkle the popcorn with salt to taste:

Fun toppings for the popcorn - Spanish smoked paprika, cayenne powder, chili pepper, curry powder, cumin, grated Parmesan cheese.
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Nights are getting darker and snuggling up on the sofa with a seasonal film is definatly a favourite activity in our home and the smell of freshly made popcorn is right up there with freshly baked bread. As a source of fibre, popcorn will keep you feeling full for longer, making it an ideal snack – plus, its actually really easy to make. 
• 20g popping corn: 62kcal (260kJ)
• 3g (1tsp) of vegetable oil: 27kcal (113kJ)
• optional toppings
Method
Heat the oil in a thick-bottomed saucepan on medium high heat. (If you are using coconut oil, allow all of the solid oil to melt.)
Put 3 or 4 popcorn kernels into the oil:
Wait for the popcorn kernels to pop.
When the kernels pop, add the rest of the popcorn kernels in an even layer
Cover the pot, remove from heat and count 30 seconds:
(Count out loud! Its fun to do with kids.)
This method first heats the oil to the right temperature, then waiting 30 seconds brings all of the other kernels to a near-popping temperature so that when they are put back on the heat, they all pop at about the same time.
Return the pan to the heat:
The popcorn should begin popping soon, and all at once. Once the popping starts in earnest, gently shake the pan by moving it back and forth over the burner.
Tip: As the popcorn pops, try to keep the lid slightly ajar to let the steam from the popcorn release (the popcorn will be drier and crisper).
Once the popping slows to several seconds between pops, remove the pan from the heat:
Immediately empty popped popcorn into a serving bowl
Sprinkle the popcorn with salt to taste:
Fun toppings for the popcorn - Spanish smoked paprika, cayenne powder, chili pepper, curry powder, cumin, grated Parmesan cheese.

... See MoreSee Less

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