Geography is the study of the local to global environment and the physical and human forces which shape it. Through the study of geography, children gain knowledge essential to our understanding of the world around us and the environmental awareness that is a prerequisite for responsible participation in society.
Our aims in teaching geography are that all children will:
- Develop an understanding of the features and conditions which make up the physical environment;
- Appreciate how human beings have used that environment with positive and negative effects;
- Develop the geographical enquiry skills of:
- Observing and comparing places and geographical features;
- Communication, using appropriate geographical vocabulary;
- Accurate measuring, recording and analysing, where appropriate;
- Interpreting and using maps, atlases and globes;
- Learn to ask questions and propose solutions to environmental problems.
In our skills based curriculum, geography is taught through a variety of learning contexts, which link it to other areas of the curriculum. Throughout the Year, geography will also be the main focus of these learning contexts, which have been planned to ensure the required breadth of coverage at each Key Stage.
Through these learning contexts, we ensure that a balance of location and place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork are taught. Learning context examples include:
- Deadly 60 – (location and place knowledge through mapping where the deadliest creatures in the world are found)
- Extreme Weather (physical geography, investigating volcanoes and earthquakes and other aspects of physical geography)
- Through the Wardrobe (Geographical skills through the mapping of Narnia, exploring map symbols and keys)
- What a Wonderful World (Location and place knowledge through mapping countries and capitals, climate and physical geographical features of a wide range of countries to compare with the UK)
- Viva Espana - (Location and place knowledge, a comparison of a region of Europe with a region in the UK).
The emphasis in geography is through practical activity and investigative fieldwork. Information handling skills, including the use of a wide range of source materials, are taught and careful observation is fostered. Pupils are encouraged to communicate their findings to others using a variety of methods including written or verbal reports and through the use of graphs and pictures
We visit many local surroundings, landmarks and places of interest to support our geography learning contexts which develop children’s understanding of the world around them.
Children in Year 4 take part in a geography based residential trip, through which they are involved in many orienteering and geographical learning.