Geography means to write about Earth. We strive to ensure that Geography at Drybrook provides our students with a deep and rich understanding of the world in which they live.
Our Geography curriculum at Drybrook aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to be successful global citizens. Our curriculum is not about students leaving with a long list of facts about the world; we want our students to appreciate the ever-evolving nature of Geography as an academic discipline.
Through our sequences of learning experiences, students will steadily work out how the world works and how it can and will change in the future. Students will learn about places that are outside their own experience, they will develop their understanding of the world's diversity of environments, peoples, cultures and economies.
Students will develop a global 'open-mindedness' so that they can challenge stereotypes and understand the fluidity of key ideas and concepts. In their lessons, students will view the world objectively and go beyond their everyday experience in the Forest of Dean.
Students will be encouraged to develop a deep and descriptive conceptual world knowledge that enables them to explain relationships in both the natural and human realms. Students will then utilise knowledge and be equipped with the tools to think through alternative social, economic and environmental futures for a range of places.
All learning will start with revisiting prior knowledge and making meaningful connections. Staff will model explicitly the subject-specific vocabulary, knowledge and skills relevant to the learning to allow them to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts. During lessons children are exposed to geography specific vocabulary and taught these through repetition and meaningful use. Previous vocabulary is recapped and reinforced. Key vocab is in all planning documents and shared and used with and by the children each lesson.
Children have access to a variety of resources in the classroom to deepen learning and to help them understand key knowledge, concepts and geographical skills. Quick fire questions are used to review learning and check that children know more and remember more. Geography assessment is ongoing throughout every geography lesson to inform teachers with their planning for lesson activities and differentiation. Summative assessment is completed at the end of each unit where geography objectives have been learned.