Geography helps us to develop an understanding of places and people and examines the way their development has been shaped by physical and human processes. The study of Geography enables children to understand their immediate surroundings, the wider world and to help them to make sense of it.
Through the teaching of geography, children are encouraged to analyse the world around them from a physical and a human perspective and to appreciate the interdependence of the physical environment and human development.
Children need to be prepared for a life where they will live and work with a variety of people. We believe that geography can help pupils develop tolerant attitudes to different cultures.
Through the teaching of Geography, we aim to:
- provide a range of experiences from which the children can develop the relevant geographical skills, knowledge and understanding;
- encourage and develop the children's interest in the wider world through first hand experience and the complementary use of secondary sources;
- develop children's sense of identity, within both local and wider perspectives, thus enhancing their understanding and sensitivity towards the Earth and its peoples.
We appreciate that children need to develop a series of geographical skills in order to help them make sense of the world around them. These include being able to:
- make, read and interpret maps
- use and interpret globes and atlases
- use a range of fieldwork techniques
- follow a line of enquiry, such as asking the right questions, drawing conclusions and communicating findings
- identify features that give a place its identity
- use ICT to gain access to information and to assist in handling evidence and data
We endeavour to link geography to other areas of the primary curriculum, whenever relevant and possible: pupils are able to use geographical skills and knowledge in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT lessons at points during the year. In addition, during the Year 4 and 5 Residential Fieldtrip to Sayers Croft, pupils spend time practising practical geographical fieldwork skills.