Since, at least, the time of the Ancient Greeks, geographers have attempted to put the local in a global context by writing down and recording their observations so they can share them more widely. These endeavours were motivated by the desire to understand and navigate the planet that is both our home and the source of the materials that we need in order to survive. This shows the nature of geography and why it should be present in our school curriculum. The importance of geography is evident in the fact our Earth is changing rapidly, faster than any other time in recorded history. Consequently, we are educating our children at a time when there is a great uncertainty about what the future holds.
At Corporation Road Community Primary School, the purpose of geography is to teach pupils about the world around them, from what is one their doorstep to other continents of the world. We want our pupils to have a secure geographical knowledge to take with them to Key Stage 3. Consequently, in geography, our curriculum provides children with an education that helps them understand how they can contribute to building a better world, an inspiring education that fills them with fascination about the world around them and an opportunity for them to build upon their ‘personal geography’. Our curriculum focuses strongly on developing pupils’ core knowledge in geography, particularly their sense of place. Furthermore, as our overarching aim of the foundation curriculum is to provide pupils with the knowledge and understanding they need for Key Stage 3 and beyond, we want our pupils to develop a love of learning and have an active and independent role in their education.
In terms of geography, this means we aim for pupils to have independence, think for themselves and take the initiative to ask questions, alongside working constructively with others. In addition, we want pupils to express well-balanced opinions rooted in good subject knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and the environment. Furthermore, in accordance with the rest of the foundation curriculum, geography is underpinned by the school’s four main themes: community, gender/equality, citizenship and legacy/impact.
|Location Knowledge||The United Kingdom, The World, Darlington, Compare & Contrast and Map Skills|
|Climate||Weather and Climate|
|Human and Physical Geography||The Human & Physical Environment|
|Geography Skills and Fieldwork||Vocabulary, Research and Fieldwork & Data Analysis|
|Changes over Time and Sustainability||Processes, Patterns & Changes Over Time and Sustainability & the Environment|
The end-point for the theme community would be for children to understand that community refers to a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common, alongside referring to a particular area or place. Furthermore, it would also include for children to understand and form an active part of their local and wider community, for example Darlington, the countries of United Kingdom and the wider world. In addition, community encompasses the climate of an environment and the human and physical features, which can be found there.
The end-point for the theme gender and equality would be for children to recognise that gender and equality encompasses the opportunities the environment provides for different groups of people for example different generations, different ethnicities and individuals from different countries. Furthermore, it includes the fact children should know and understand that everyone should have equal access to resources and opportunities, provided by both the human and physical environments.
The end-point for the theme citizenship would be for children to understand their place in the world and how they are a citizen. For example, how they belong to their immediate and wider community. In addition, how humans’ behaviour effects the environment on a local, national and global scale. For example, the way their own, and others’ actions have increased climate change and deforestation but also how pupils can leave their mark on the world through sustainability.
The end-point for the theme legacy and impact would be for children to understand how individuals before them have changed the world,how the world has changed and how they can influence the environment. In addition, it includes pupils’ understanding of how processes or people have impacted/affected our geographical understanding and knowledge. For example, how key individuals have had an impact on the way in which we live, what we learn and how communities are today. In addition, children should be able to develop as citizens and individuals who can, in turn, have an impact on their environment, and the ability to make their own mark on society.
Pupils should be taught to:
Human and physical geography
Geographical skills and fieldwork
Pupils should be taught to:
Geographical skills and fieldwork
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Consultation on the Arrangements for Admission of Pupils to School in 2023-24
Corporation Road Primary School is undertaking a consultation exercise on the arrangements for the admission of pupils to school from September 2020.
The detailed proposals may be viewed from here
Written comments or queries about the proposals in the consultation can be made using the form on the admissions page
Comments and queries arising from the proposal will also be forwarded to Darlington Council’s Admissions Service, who administer the allocation of places on the school’s behalf.
The consultation opens on Monday 1st November and will end on Friday 10th December 2021.