Acquire the skills, knowledge and attitude to promote a life-long love of learning though a broad and balanced curriculum.
At Great Bedwyn CofE School, our aim is to provide all of our children access to a broad and balanced curriculum which is ambitious, engaging and provides a range of learning opportunities, rich first-hand experiences and challenge. We will ensure children will develop a life-long love of learning. The curriculum ensures each child’s learning journey is coherent and progressive, with learning being linked across subjects and experiences, and connections made across year groups.
At Great Bedwyn our geography teaching is based on the National Curriculum objectives and Early Years Framework. Blocked learning twice a year ensures that each year group is taught key concepts over the learning journey from Year 1 through to Year 6 which develops children’s learning in a systematic and progressive way, enabling children to build on prior knowledge and experiences. The curriculum is mapped across Key Stages and into Key Stage 3 ensuring that learning is continuous into the next phase.
Although we teach Geography as a specific subject area, we also recognise the links within other subjects and how learning can be embedded and enriched across the Curriculum and the wider life of the School. There are many links made to Geography in Collective Act of Worship (CAW), PSHRSEE, Music, History, RE and Science. The curriculum enables children to celebrate diversity and has strong links to British Values.
Our Geography curriculum is enriched further with children’s participation in Eco and Sustainability projects, Forest Schools and our Learning Beyond the Curriculum initiatives. All pupils use the locality to enrich their learning experiences, and there are strong links with the local and global community.
At Great Bedwyn the children are heavily invested into the Chumvi club, Kids Tusk Force, UK which is a conservation charity run by the Sheldrik Trust. Upper Key Stage 2 pupils learn more about conservation and work with the charity to raise awareness.
Our vulnerable learners, including our pupil premium and SEND pupils are actively encouraged to participate in events and clubs, to further develop their confidence, self-esteem and ensure that they feel part of a community.
“The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents.” Barack Obama