The role of Geography is to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. It will enable pupils to understand the relationships between places, the human and physical processes that shape them, and the people who live in them. It is concerned with the past, present and future and helps pupils to make sense of the outside world. Geography is about seeing, doing, enquiring and experiencing. Geography closely links with other areas of the curriculum such as History, Science and PSHEE.
It is the aim of the Geography department to ensure that the pupils at this school:
- gain knowledge and understanding of places in the world and understand some of the relationships between people and their environments
- have an increased knowledge of other cultures and, in so doing, gain a respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multi-cultural country;
- develop a wide range of geographical skills through active participation in enquiry, map work and fieldwork;
- obtain and interpret geographical information from a wide variety of sources as well as developing ICT to further develop geographical skills;
- know and understand environmental problems at a local, regional and global level;
- begin to show a commitment to sustainable development and an appreciation of what ‘global citizenship’ means.
In the Early Years, Geography comes under the umbrella of the specific area of learning, ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’. We do not make a distinction between work and play. Children learn through planned play activities and staff will decide when child-initiated or adult-led play activities would provide the most effective learning opportunities, including the use of the outdoors. The children are supported to develop problem-solving skills through open-ended tasks and opportunities to share their thinking with others. In both Nursery and Reception, activities are planned through various topics.
KS1 Geography and History are planned together; there is a termly Humanities topic. This thematic approach to lessons helps younger children explore topics such as the Ancient Egyptians through a study of the importance of the river Nile in Ancient times. The predominant mode of working in Humanities is whole class teaching. Group, paired and individual work is used where appropriate.
In KS2, pupil extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. They study different aspects of human and physical geography. Geography study is also linked to the different residential trips that take place in Years 5 & 6; this study promotes in pupils a better understanding of life in an area in the UK, which is different from their own, as well as an area abroad.
Geography helps pupils to understand the world and their responsibilities to others and to the environment. This is enhanced by pupils’ study of the environment and the links with the Eco-schools programme. It helps them to show a commitment to sustainable development and to appreciate what global citizenship means.