At The Beacon, we want to develop children's knowledge of the world surrounding them and inspire a curiosity that they can carry with them throughout their lives. We teach children about people and places that are diverse and improve their understanding of how the Earth works. We carefully shape our curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive and relevant for the pupils we teach.

Following our Inspire curriculum, our Geography curriculum ensures it develops children's curiosity and fascination about the world they live in and its diverse communities. The ambition is for children to ask questions about what they have learnt and deepen their understanding of the Earth's key physical and human processes.

In EYFS, children are naturally curious about the world around them and are keen to learn more about what they may see every day. Allowing children to explore geography in their own self-led way supports this development. We introduce geographical knowledge, concepts and skills to our children in Key Stage 1, before building and expanding on these in more depth in Key Stage 2.

The development of this knowledge can then be applied to fieldwork. First-hand experiences are carefully sequenced to complement the geography curriculum, which deepens their understanding of geographical processes. Fieldwork and residentials provide opportunities for pupils to experience alternative landscapes and apply their learning in different contexts. Furthermore, the children engage in activities outside of their timetabled Geography lessons, linking to subject specific dates.

The core Geographical concepts within the curriculum will contribute to children’s personal development; understanding of the wider world, the impact humans can have and appreciation for a range of cultures. The accumulated knowledge and skills will prepare all children for the next stage of their education.

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