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
- Expand their geographical enquiry skills through a wide range of geographical experiences
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. This year our learning contexts include:
- A Wild Wiltshire Adventure
- Road Trip in the USA
- An Adventure in Espana
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. In addition, children in Year 4 take part in a geography based residential trip, through which they are involved in many orienteering and geographical learning.