At The Beacon, we want to develop children's knowledge of the world surrounding them and inspire a curiosity that they can carry with them throughout their lives. We teach children about people and places that are diverse and improve their understanding of how the Earth works. We carefully shape our curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive and relevant for the pupils we teach.

Our Geographical Journey

Following our Inspire curriculum, our Geography curriculum ensures it develops children's curiosity and fascination about the world they live in and its diverse communities. The ambition is for children to ask questions about what they have learnt and deepen their understanding of the Earth's key physical and human processes.

In EYFS, children are naturally curious about the world around them and are keen to learn more about what they may see every day. Allowing children to explore geography in their own self-led way supports this development. We introduce geographical knowledge, concepts and skills to our children in Key Stage 1, before building and expanding on these in more depth in Key Stage 2 whilst gradually incorporating digital literacy and developing global competency skills. 

Years 3, 4 and 5 are following the Opening Worlds humanities programme. Over the next two years, all of Key Stage 2 will be following this approach.

Opening Worlds is a knowledge-rich humanities programme for teaching history and geography where the uniqueness and background of every child is recognise and valued. Because of this, Opening Worlds covers a range of cultural, historical and ethical backgrounds and offers purposeful and meaningful experiences to apply, share and develop this knowledge . Our diverse, culturally rich, wide-scoping and rigorous/coherent curriculum is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values in a rigorous and coherent way. Explicit links to story telling and creativity are made to ensure children to engage and enthuse learners.  Many enhancement and enrichment activities are used throughout the curriculum to engage learners and create purposeful, high leverage outcomes that give children the opportunity to use and apply their developing knowledge and skills. Our aim is to create an environment that prompts curiosity, critical thinking and allows learners to connect strands of learning across all aspects of the curriculum.

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For more information on Opening Worlds, please see their rationale below or visit their website here.

Geography Quality Mark: Gold 

We are proud to announce that we have been rewarded the Gold Primary Geography Quality Mark by the Geographical Association as of September 2023. We work hard to ensure all pupils develop a strong awareness of their place in the world, geographical skills and have the opportunity to embark on ample first-hand experiences.    

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