Geography

“Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change.  It is dynamic and relevant.  For me, geography is a great adventure with a purpose.” – Michael Palin

Geography is taught by class teachers. They aim to develop children’s skills of investigation and to enhance their knowledge of how the world is constructed from their earliest experiential play within the Foundation Phase to more sophisticated whole studies by the end of Key Stage 2.

Our Geography is an effective, relevant and purposeful curriculum for our school and many new topics have been introduced in light of the New Curriculum 2014.  We endeavour to inspire the children’s fascination about the world and provide an understanding of the key physical and human processes.

Each year group teaches at least two geography focused units per year.Our aim is to develop pupils’ geographical knowledge and understanding through skills such as questioning, enquiry, observing and interpreting, organising and communicating findings, drawing conclusions and identifying cause and effect.  We encourage the children to develop a sense of place through learning about the local area thus recognising the similarities and differences between their place and other places.  We aim to develop the children’s sense of responsibility and respect for the care of the Earth, through study of the environment and understand how human activity has an impact.

We aim to develop their awareness and appreciation of ethnic, cultural and economic diversity and society.  The opportunities to develop skills in making and interpreting maps, the use of data handling and fieldwork techniques are provided as well as the use of appropriate geographical vocabulary to communicate their ideas.

Throughout the Foundation Phase, Knowledge and Understanding is taught as an integral part of a theme linked with other curriculum areas where possible. Teachers’ planning and delivery of lessons reflect the Foundation Phase ethos where pupils are encouraged to learn experientially.  In the Foundation Stage, pupils’ learning of Geography is planned using the Framework for Children’s Learning document.

Children from years 1 to 6 follow the programmes of study set out in the National Curriculum document. In Key stages one and two, Geography is taught as the focus of a topic and may be combined, cross-curricular with other subjects. Each year, different skills are introduced and built upon so that children leave us prepared for independent study in secondary school.