At Horizon, we believe that the geography curriculum should enable our children to have an understanding and knowledge of the world, its interconnectedness and their place in it. Geography is an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. Children learn how to work as geographers, developing their skills through the studies of places, people and natural and human environments. Our curriculum will endeavour to teach children what it means to have a deeper understanding and awareness of the natural global phenomena and to widen their experience of the environment away from their homes.
The National Curriculum states that: “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.” Therefore, the foundations of the geography curriculum are underpinned by the key concepts of place, space, scale, environment and interconnections. Children progressively build their understanding of these key concepts through interconnected secondary concepts which include map skills, fieldwork, directional and observational techniques. Topics are carefully planned in order to inspire a passion for and commitment to the subject, and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there.