At Norton we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum at Norton enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops and understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Knowledge and skills will be enhanced through experiences in the classroom and the use of local fieldwork and educational visits. The curriculum is designed develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Norton CEVC Primary School.
All classes in both key stage 1 and 2 deliver Geography through a topic approach. History and Geography will be explored through the same topic where possible, for example when studying the Egyptians there is reference to the River Nile however where this is not the case, long term planning ensures that a predominately history theme will be followed by a predominately geography based topic. Lessons are weekly and generally 90 minutes in length with children having the opportunity to work alone, in pairs or as part of a mixed group when working on projects, reading or fact- finding tasks. Children are encouraged to use computers, (Espresso Discovery) the library, atlases/maps and interact respectively with outside agencies. They will be able to retain information by experiencing first hand topics that they are exploring through field trips.