At Hoole St Michael our curriculum is designed with the schools’ vision and ethos at the forefront ‘achieving excellence within the light of God’. Our aim is to promote a love and curiosity of the World that God gave us and the people in it, through hands on investigations, exploration, discussion and a breadth of enriching experiences. The geography curriculum at Hoole St Michael’s enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and we aim to reinforce both our Christian and British Values through this subject, empowering our pupils’ development as effective learners and good citizens. We aim for them to have a deep understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a secure understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
At Hoole St Michael Primary School, planning for Geography begins with ‘The National Curriculum 2014 Programmes of Study’. We also use the Lancashire Planning Documents, ensuring that our curriculum is meaningful and allowing us to make links to other areas of the curriculum. Our planning ensures that Geography knowledge and skills are progressive, as well as transferable and that children foster a long term memory of these knowledge and skills by revisiting what has been taught throughout the year. As a Forest school, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide hands on experiences for the children, using the outdoors as a classroom and developing an appreciation of God’s wonderful world around us. To begin each topic, children are able to convey what they know already as well as what they would like to find out. We implement our curriculum driver of Growth Mindset to ensure that the children are in a learning environment where asking questions, making links and conducting investigations are both encouraged and praised. Every Wednesday we have ‘World Wise Wednesday’ which gives children the opportunity to learn and discuss current and relevant topics.
Children at Hoole St Michael Primary School become inquisitive, thoughtful and independent learners who are able to take their knowledge and understanding of the world in to further education and beyond. Children foster a love of the World around them. Geographical understanding, as well as children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is supported and fostered.
Geography day! 6th November 2019.
What a fantastic day we have had travelling around the world and visiting 4 different countries from 4 different continents. We started with a whole school assembly and quiz, then took our passports with us as we travelled to Italy, India, Brazil and Australia. It was fantastic to see the progression through school as we worked with each year group. The children had such a wonderful time.
Feedback from parents on Dojo–
Thank you for organising today! It looks like a lot of time and effort went into it. Thank you.
Great to see my child with his hand up in the assembly!
My two really enjoyed today!
This is all brilliant. My child has really enjoyed today. Love that you used the different foods. Brilliant! Thank you.
Subject Leader– Mrs Louise Horn.