Geography Intent at Castleton
Geography is important to us at Castleton because we believe that children need to understand about other people and their cultures in our ever growing diverse world. We believe that a creative geography curriculum enables children to think carefully about their own role in society and how their values and responsibilities can have an impact on others and the environment. Here at Castleton, we aim to inspire our children’s curiosity and fascination through a creative curriculum, about the world around them and its people in a way that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Children learn best through real life experiences and we aim to ensure that they use these to enhance their learning. Throughout their ‘Castleton journey’ pupils will develop their contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places. Their focus begins with the exploration of the school grounds and their local area (Armley) and as the children progress through KS1, they will increase their scale of study to the UK and then to the wider world. Our real life learning experiences allow children to visit a coastal town (Filey) and then compare this to a small area in a contrasting non-European country (Bondi Beach, Australia) including exploring the human and physical features. As their knowledge progresses into KS2 children will study how the human and physical processes can have an impact on each other. Children will then develop their understanding of environmental issues met by different landscapes and the importance of sustainability such as the ‘Fairtrade project’. As the pupils add to their existing knowledge, they will secure an extensive geographical vocabulary which they will be able to apply in a wide range of situations. Throughout geography at Castleton, geographical skills are embedded in every topic through the use of maps, atlases, diagrams, and aerial photographs. Their skills are deepened and put into practice through visits to the local area, Lineham Farm, the River Nidd and Boggle Hole.
Overall, we believe that Castleton offers the perfect opportunities to support young geographers!