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Dogsthorpe Academy

Geography

Intent & Vision

Learn - The geography curriculum has been designed to instil a love for learning. With each unit, our children build on the skills and knowledge they have previously learned to ensure our students progress through the school. 

Engage - Our aim is to inspire a fascination and curiosity within the children of Dogsthorpe Academy as well as an understanding of their place within the world. We want our children to fully engage with the curriculum for them to reach their full potential. We build in opportunities for children to explore their locality as well as further afield like our Year 5 trip to Twinlakes theme park. 

Achieve - To ensure our children achieve, our geography curriculum is committed to providing them with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Peterborough and the surrounding areas. We hope this will enable them to develop of real sense of who they are, their heritage and the possibilities they can aspire to. 

Prepare - As Dogsthorpe Academy is a multi-cultured school, we believe in the importance of understanding different contexts globally as well as locally. Children are encouraged to develop skills within geography that are transferable to other areas of the curriculum and prepare them for their journey beyond Dogsthorpe Academy. 

 

At Dogsthorpe Academy, we believe that Geography helps children in their enquiry skills about their locality and the wider world. As Dogsthorpe Academy is a multi-cultured school, we believe in the importance of understanding different contexts globally as well as locally. Children are encouraged to develop skills within geography that are transferable to other areas of the curriculum. As geography is predominantly and investigative subject, we look to give children the options to further enhance their knowledge through in the locality. Our aim is to inspire a fascination and curiosity within the children of Dogsthorpe Acedemy as well as an understanding of their place within the world. The curriculum is designed so that as student’s progress through the school, the knowledge they are embracing develops from previous knowledge taught. 

 All knowledge has been taken from the national curriculum and is linked in a topic focussed curriculum where subjects link to increase student’s knowledge of a given topic. 

 

Geography Units 2021-2022

Year 3

Rocks, Relics and Rumbles

This project teaches children about the features and characteristics of Earth's layers, including a detailed exploration of volcanic, tectonic and seismic activity.

Urban Pioneers

Explore the culture and environment of city life. Children develop their knowledge of building design, urban art and photography, and learn how to improve urban environments.

 

Year 4

Road Trip USA

Teach children about the United States, past and present, developing children’s knowledge of Native American culture, map reading, and the physical and human features of key locations in the United States.

Misty Mountain, Winding River

This project teaches children about the characteristics and features of rivers and mountain ranges around the world, including a detailed exploration of the ecosystems and processes that shape them and the land around them.

Year 5 

Scream Machine

 

Sow, Grow and Farm

This project teaches children about the features and characteristics of land use in agricultural regions across the world, including a detailed exploration of significant environmental areas.

Year 6 

Hola Mexico 

Teach children about the ancient Mayan civilisation and how their environment, beliefs, architecture and mathematical knowledge made the Maya one of the most sophisticated ancient civilisations.

Frozen Kingdom

This project teaches children about the characteristics and features of polar regions, including the North and South Poles, and includes a detailed exploration of the environmental factors that shape and influence them.