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Parbold Douglas Church of England Academy


We are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to explore and engage in Geography, appreciate and understand the world we live in and how it has evolved. We aim to encourage children to learn through experience, particularly through fieldwork and practical activities.


Geography explores the relationship between the Earth and its people through the study of place, space and environment. Through their work in geography, children learn about their local area, and they compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. They learn how to draw and interpret maps, and develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem solving. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. Geography teaching also motivates children to find out about the physical world, and enables them to recognise the importance of sustainable development for the future.


A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. The Geography curriculum will also help children gain a greater understanding of the ways of life and cultures of people in other places. This will help to enable children to take responsibility for their role in society and to develop a caring attitude towards other humans, animals and plants in our environment.


Our curriculum: 


We use Rising Stars Geography as the basis for our curriculum. This award-winning scheme is comprehensive and ensures that knowledge and understanding is built cumulatively throughout the primary phase. Our teachers are provided with access to high-quality resources and materials that support their teaching.


We have adapted the Rising Stars scheme specifically for our context at Parbold Douglas - each unit is strengthened by an 'appendix' document that supports teachers to deliver lessons that builds on and extend prior learning whilst making purposeful cross-curricular links . 


We also use Digimap for Schools, alongside paper atlases and globes, to ensure pupils have access to aerial photography and high-quality mapping from Ordnance Survey to support their learning. 


How are units of work strucutred?


Each unit begins with an enquiry question and ends with a 'Big Finish' where children look back to the original question and, considering everything they have learnt, seek to answer it. They also complete a 'Big Finish' task to demonstrate their learning, such as the creation of a report, a piece of artwork or a campaign video. The 'Big Finish' gives a real sense of purpose to the learning throughout the unit - the children are excited by the fact they are working towards something tangible and become skilled in geographical enquiry.