Northside Primary School is a small, diverse school where the highly-skilled, established, cohesive staff are committed to creating the positive family-feel of a village school in North Finchley. The children benefit from a larger than average building which is very well-resourced.
Northside’s children come from wide-ranging cultural, national and educational starting points. The school has a very diverse mixture of socio-economic lifestyles which reflect the children’s learning needs.
Even though the Northside children are very individual coming from many different cultures and backgrounds, speaking over 40 different languages, the culture of joint ownership from all stakeholders creates a happy community. Differences are celebrated and used to build a strong school culture, behaviour is excellent, Northside children are Happy to Learn and Inspired to Flourish.
Geography at Northside teaches an understanding of places and environments. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We want to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments. We want them to develop a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
Geography is taught through the creative curriculum where children’s learning is linked across a common theme incorporating all other areas of learning. The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Northside and beyond. Consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. At the beginning of each topic, children are able to convey what they know already as well as what they would like to find out. This informs the programme of study and also ensures that lessons are relevant and take account of children’s different starting points. Children learn about their local area and compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. They learn how to draw and interpret maps and they develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, learners gain an appreciation of life in other cultures.
Outcomes in Learning Journals evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum. Progress is reviewed by the subject leader who carries out learning walks, lesson visits and book looks. As children progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding an appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. Geographical understanding, as well as children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is further supported by the school’s links with international partner schools.