At Bolton-by-Bowland, we inspire a sense of curiosity and fascination about the world and its people for all of our pupils.
We have created a unique curriculum tailored to meet the needs of our mixed-aged classes to ensure that all children have the chance to build on their geographical skills and knowledge throughout their primary journey. Our curriculum allows the children to understand the world around them both near and far. We wish to equip all of our children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
Our geography lessons cover a broad range of skills that allow our children to develop as geographers. All children are given the opportunity to develop their map reading skills and improve their observational skills through the use of photographs, diagrams and sketches. We also ensure that in every unit of work our children are experiencing their local environment through targeted fieldwork. We are incredibly fortunate to have access to an orchard where the children have planted their own apple trees which are regularly monitored several times a year. The local streams and rivers are used to monitor the effects of flooding and erosion on our local area. Surrounding farms also allow us to understand how the land in our area is used. Outdoor learning plays a key part in all of our Geography units from EYFS right through to Year 6.
Throughout their primary journey our children are taught about their immediate locality and the UK. In Key Stage 2, we extend their learning by investigating the similarities and differences between our environment and those around the world. All of our units are linked back to our location in Bolton-by-Bowland to make all learning relevant to the lives of the children here.
We deliver a curriculum that:
- Inspires a curiosity and fascination about our richly diverse world and its people that will remain with our children for the rest of their lives;
- Imparts key knowledge involving a wide range of geographical concepts, processes, features, people and places;
- Teaches a broad range of key geographical skills such as map reading, using compasses, interpreting graphs and creating sketch maps;
- Fosters a sense of pride in our local surroundings and the UK as a whole;
- Provides a wide range of enrichment opportunities including fieldwork;
- Makes links to the wider curriculum allowing all children to regularly access key geographical vocabulary;
- Includes all children and supports their own individual learning journey as a geographer;
- Encourages our children to be inquisitive, curious and enthusiastic about the world we live in.