At Tithe Farm Primary, we aim to deliver a Geography curriculum that inspires our pupils to ask perceptive questions about the wider world, and gives them the skill set to become empathetic, accountable, global citizens. Through varied experiences, both within the classroom and outside, and quality teaching and learning, the children develop their curiosity and are keen to explore and discover independently.
Educational visits provide an opportunity for the teachers to plan for additional geography learning outside the classroom. At Tithe Farm Primary School, the children have had many opportunities to experience geography on educational visits. The children have explored the local area, whilst orienteering within and near the school grounds, and visiting places of local interest, such as hiking over Dunstable Downs. To ensure our children have a diverse learning experience they go on a variety of different excursions such as visiting Leigh-on-sea to explore coastal areas, London to compare different environments to where they live, narrow boating on the canal to investigate human features of the environment and a residential trip to the Brecon Beacons National Park to explore mountainous areas in another country.
A percentage of pupils at Tithe Farm have limited life experiences for their age and sometimes have less exposure to the physical and human features in the wider world. This is evidence in the Reception Year group when baseline assessments indicate that 60% of pupils are below in their understanding of The World. 70% of pupils are below in their knowledge of People and Communities. As a school we want to equip our pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources, natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. When our children progress throughout the school, they develop knowledge and skills; with an appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context.