Why do we teach this? Why do we teach it in the way we do?

At Edington Victoria Academy, our goal is to foster a comprehensive understanding of the world among our students, encompassing local, national, and global perspectives. Simultaneously, we strive to equip children with the necessary knowledge to navigate life successfully, encouraging them to evolve into independent, curious individuals who engage meaningfully with the world around them.

What do we teach? What does this look like? 

Edington Victoria Academy has meticulously planned our long-term curriculum into three thematic strands: Identity and Social Justice (Autumn term); Power, Leadership, and Invasion (Spring term); and Sustainability and the Impact on the World (Summer term). Within these strands, a sequential Geography curriculum is delivered, structured around units of learning with overarching inquiry questions.

For instance:

  • "Where do I live?"
  • "How has transport changed over time?"
  • "Why do we export from Doncaster?"

Central to our Geography curriculum are maps, serving as a foundational element. Introduced as early as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), students utilize their knowledge of their homes to create simple aerial maps of their bedrooms. Each subsequent year involves zooming out to study and create maps of their local area, Doncaster, the UK, and eventually various countries worldwide. This progressive approach allows students to build upon their knowledge of map work, enabling them to explore the broader world beyond Edington Victoria Academy.