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24/09/21

Reading is at the heart of everything we do and the love for reading very apparent at HPAB - even at breaktimes! https://t.co/2QqNqiCu4y

23/09/21

'Never stop reading' is our message here at HPAB! Our Year 6's have got off to a flying start completing their bookmarks already! https://t.co/tTdlOFbpea

20/09/21

Reading is a key priorty for us at and we encourage reading in our staff room with our staff sharing library. Reading is all around us! https://t.co/OiSpS5nW4O

17/09/21

Year 2 have been settling back into school life at HPAB and approaching learning with enthusiasm and joy! They have been reading Amazing Grace and have written a description of the main character using features from the author’s work. https://t.co/7T6HWbWExT

17/09/21

This week we look at the work Year 4 have been doing and they have been really busy writing letters to the author of Anna Hibicus. They have written letters asking question and they are hoping for some answers too! https://t.co/aCx7qq0ma4

14/09/21

Year 2 have been settling back into school life at HPAB and approaching learning with enthusiasm and joy! They have been reading Amazing Grace and have written a description of the main character using features from the author’s work. https://t.co/9CH1Y1NEmU

14/09/21

Our new to Reception children enjoyed a little bit of creative play today in the mud kitchen....yummy - what's for dinner? https://t.co/r8UG7uL66H

13/09/21

We are proud to announce our Uniforn Swap Shop is now open. Please contact the office for an appointment. Working together as a community https://t.co/S94qRUfxD4

13/09/21

We are committed to making our community the best it can be. We share any left over lunches with our families and neighbours. 'A small act of kindness can have a large impact https://t.co/5WWya1VMfj

10/09/21

The first week back at school and all children have settled into the school routine. In assembly we read the book 'I promise' and we all made our own learning promises. Thank you for the inspiration! https://t.co/Iw0VTnmuXk

10/09/21

Our first Principal awards of the year were given out today. They are being worn proudly after receiving them for hard work, reading or kindness! Well done! https://t.co/Jvb7w5JAQh

06/09/21

A fantastic way to start our Monday with a whole school assembly. We discussed reading and our learning promise for the year! https://t.co/aTjfHDwHiX

03/09/21

A great new staffroom ready for our staff at HPAB. https://t.co/fW41gy99af

03/09/21

All set today for welcoming back our children. https://t.co/MRNDtGMWWG

02/09/21

Reading areas are looking ready to welcome our children back tomorrow https://t.co/MSQ4ObSDXh

02/09/21

Day 2 of Inset training today for our wonderful We are really looking forward to welcoming back all of our children tomorrow. https://t.co/WRAf7lEZNN

01/09/21

Team building in process...a scavenger hunt - Teachers Addition! Lots of fun on the first day already! https://t.co/966X4KvcKN

01/09/21

We are welcoming back all of our staff with a wellbeing gift that will last the year! Essentials for a teacher...water bottle, sweets and a pen! https://t.co/KXPFL6z1y6

27/08/21

It's the final day of our Year 6 Summer School and we are so proud of our children! They have revised figuarative language, written short stories, added/subtracted fractions and also revised stratiegies for calculating using the 4 operations! Well done!

24/08/21

Day 2 of Year 6 Summer School starts today with some reading and extracting answers from the text. https://t.co/FLEHybQXfi

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Geography

Intent: Introduction, Vision and Philosophy
At Harris Primary Benson, we want our children to be inquisitive and to question the information they are presented with to further their geographical understanding.   We want children to understand: where they are located within the world as well as within the British Isles, to be able to use a range of tools to understand their location and the landscapes of contrasting environments, to appreciate, describe and have a desire to conserve the differing environments of the world.

Geography is an exciting, enquiry led subject that helps us better understand the people, places and environments in the world. The programme of study for Geography states “a high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives”.

It is a subject that seeks answers to fundamental questions such as:

  • Where is this place?
  • What is it like? (and why?)
  • How and why is it changing?
  • How does this place compare with other places?
  • How and why are places connected?

Geography draws on its vast range of vocabulary to identify and name places, the features within them and the human and physical processes at work there. Such core knowledge provides the building blocks of deeper explanation and understanding; providing entry points to geographical conversations about the world. We describe this as ‘thinking geographically’ and explicitly teach this to our pupils through our use of knowledge organisers.

Implementation:
What does geography look like at HPAB? Overview:
To ensure this happens, we deliver a geography curriculum that focuses on developing a sense of place that is underpinned by core knowledge of facts, locations and vocabulary.  Our curriculum is designed to allow children to build on their geographical knowledge and skills as they progress through the school.  Teacher have a clear understanding of the progress of knowledge making reference to past learning and making links with previous knowledge. Our children will access their immediate environment and to gather first-hand experience to enhance their learning and develop a deeper understanding of their local area and to be able to make accurate comparisons with contrasting locations.

At HPAB we have a wonderfully diverse community and we use this to learn about different places around the world. We encourage all children and families to come in and share information about their culture. This can be as simple as teaching us how to answer the register with a ‘hello’ or ‘good morning’, or it could involve reading a story in their home language. As such, our children leave EYFS with a strong sense that their immediate experience is not the same as everyone else’s, and that there are many countries to visit!

Our curriculum is based around talk and this leads to lots of discussion about the natural world and all its wonders. At HPAB children learn to discuss the features of their immediate environment and talk about why processes and changes happen.  We investigate natural materials such as leaves, water and twigs and talk about how they might have got to our classroom.

During KS1 pupils develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They develop an understanding of basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.

During KS2 pupils extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This includes the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. Pupils develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.

We have specific whole school learning opportunities, such as environmental art week, which support our children to discuss the impact that humans can have on the natural world. The teaching and activities allow the children to develop an understanding of the impact of human actions on the local and wider world community.

Curriculum

 

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 1

NC

GSF / LK / HPG

HPG

HPG

HPG

LK

HPAB

Our Local Area

Investigating our School

UK Weather

Extreme Planet

Going Global

Year 2

NC

LK / GSF

PK

HPG

PK / LK / HPG / GSF

HPAB

World View

Contrasting Landscapes

Settlements

Close Up on Kenya

Year 3

NC

LK / GSF

LK / PK

LK / HPG / GSF

HPG

GSF

HPAB

Map Detectives

Comparing UK Regions

Life in London

Resources and Us

Our Local Environment

Year 4

NC

GSF / HPG

GSF / HPG / PK

HPG / GSF / PK

HPAB

Shake, rattle and Roll (Earthquakes + Volcanoes) Natural Disasters

Life in Italy

Water on the Land

 

Year 5

NC

GSF / LK

HPG / GSF

HPG / LK / PK / GSF

HPG / PK / LK

GSF / HPG

HPAB

Latitude and Longitude

Global Biomes

Exploring Brazil

Sustainable Living

Our local ecosystem

Year 6

NC

LK / HPG / GSF

HPG / GSF / PK

LK / PK / HPG

HPG / GSF

HPAB

Field Study (Based on Residential)

Settling Down

People on the Move

Our school’s microclimate

Transition

Key: LK- locational knowledge, PK- place knowledge. HPG- human and physical geography, GSF- geographical skills and fieldwork

Across all stages of teaching and learning we endeavour to create strong and appropriate links with other subjects to enhance the curriculum and learning experience, predominantly but not exclusively with literacy, music, PSHE, art and design and history. 

Impact
Evidence and Assessment
At HPAB children have the opportunity to record their learning in a variety of ways, which is recorded within their Geography books. Evidence of the learning is dependent on the lesson outcome, year group and the skills and knowledge being developed.  This can be in the form of: shared learning folder (KS1), extended writing, photographs of practical activities, use of world maps and local maps to identify features and areas, speech bubble comments on relating the learning. 

Core knowledge of each unit is supported by a knowledge organiser which details the key learning points, vocabulary and key questions. It is our expectation that the knowledge on our organiser is known by all.  

Our teachers rely on a range of assessment tools to provide data on the knowledge and skills pupils have, their progress and their development points.  

This includes: 

  • assessment for learning 
  • challenge tasks 
  • enquiry tasks   
  • standards of learning in books 
  • end of unit questions and quizzing 
  • pupil voice 

Recording of learning in teacher books is used to monitor progress and impact.  Throughout the course of the lesson the class teacher (and support staff where present) will move around the class, offering support/challenge where needed so that each child is receiving direct feedback during the lesson, with notes recorded to monitor understanding and progress.

There will also be a quiz at the end of every unit to assess the knowledge learnt, these tests will be revisited throughout the year to ensure that learning 'sticks'.