Geography Intent Statement and Progression Map

Geography Intent Statement

At Hipsburn Primary it is our intent to inspire pupils with a curiosity, fascination and a responsibility for the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

We have developed the progression of long term skills and knowledge based long term plans to ensure that children develop a range of deep, transferable skills including reflectivity and responsibility. Our teaching should equip pupils 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. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments, both local to them and throughout the world.  At Hipsburn, we enable children to develop into responsible, global citizens, who understand their role in the world and how their actions have an impact on the world.  We provide opportunities to understand environmental and sustainable development.  As children study Geography at Hipsburn they learn about different cultures and societies, this helps them realise how nations rely on each other in an increasingly globalised world.  Our geography curriculum allows children to think about their place in the world, their values and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.  

The governors and staff recognise that in a world where economics are increasingly interdependent and global communication is a daily reality, global issues should form a key part of the curriculum at Hipsburn school.  We also believe it is especially necessary for children in a culturally homogenous school community such as Hipsburn, to see themselves as part of a diverse regional, national and global community and to consider issues from the perspective of others.  We plan to stimulate children’s interest in their surroundings and in the variety of human and physical conditions on the Earth’s surface.  We foster children’s sense of wonder at the beauty of the world around them and help children to develop an informed concern about the quality of the environment and the future of the human habitat. Our Beach School programme uses our local environment as a starting point for reflection, discussions and questioning in addition to the opportunity to develop resilience outside of the classroom. This focus on mental health and wellbeing is evident from interviews and photographs of the children. 

We want our children to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and how this affects landscapes and environments. Emphasis is placed on investigative learning opportunities to help children gain a coherent knowledge of understanding of each unit of work covered throughout the school. Our geography lessons will help children to develop a sense of identity and promotes responsible citizenship.