Published in full in Teach Primary, here. Thanks TP for the stunning image to accompany this piece too. All credit to you and the artist.
With heavy exhalations and after much eye-rubbing, I had finished drafting the curriculum map for the whole school for geography. I looked over it first with a sense of relief, and then immediately afterwards with a mild sense of encroaching woe: it was blisteringly dull.
The coverage was there, sure, but essentially, I had just rewritten the entire national curriculum in a different font.
In certain areas it lacked freshness, or anything to really hook in the children. I thought about what it was that made me excited about geography, and realised these things were absent from the curriculum: a sense of curiosity about the space in which we live and a knowledge of local stories.
The Y4 unit on urban settlements included a walk…