Please find a copy of our latest Ofsted report in the Information section. We are extremely proud to say that within the report, it states that: ‘There is a strong team ethos across the school. Governors and staff are committed to seeing the school improve, and parents are appreciative of how the leadership and staff support their children. Pupil’s grow in knowledge and understanding through a well-balanced curriculum with a strong focus to improve basic skills. Teaching is effective across the school and successfully supports children with all abilities.’
One parent wrote: “My child enjoys going to school and is being looked after. If I have any worries, I speak to the teachers.”
The aim of geography at Pencombe CE School is to teach an understanding of places and environments. Geography helps children to make sense of their surroundings and the wider world. By studying their local environment and other areas, children learn about people and places and the relationships between them. They come to understand the physical and human processes and patterns present in these environments, and they can learn to appreciate the similarities and differences between places and people.
The geography topics taught at Pencombe CE School build upon prior learning and offer increasing challenge to children as they move up the school.
During key stage 1 the children develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They understand 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.
In key stage 2 the children extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They should develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.
At Pencombe CE School the geography curriculum enhances the teaching of other subjects, promoting reading and writing skills in literacy, contributing to children’s mathematical understanding of space, scale and distance and also analysing data. Geography contributes significantly to the teaching of PSHE and citizenship and matters of social welfare such as how environments have changed for the better or for the worse.