"Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?" Michael Palin
In line with our vision of children becoming their best versions, we believe that Geography helps to provoke and answer questions about the natural and human worlds, encouraging children to develop a greater understanding of their world and their place in it. It helps to develop a range of investigation and problem-solving skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can be used to promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Geography is, by nature an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire - in children - a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, which will remain with them for the rest of their lives so that they are ready for the next stage of learning and become successful world citizens. We seek to promote children’s interest and understanding about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes so that they feel driven to contribute to the positive change they want to be.
Key geographical skills are taught in each year group and children are exposed to local, national and world problems, so that they are secure in the knowledge, and are provided with the encouragement and confidence to make a change and be the difference. Each year group has the opportunity to experience hands-on fieldwork in our beautiful local environment and beyond, allowing them to see the world through their own eyes. Through a concise national curriculum offer, enhanced by activities outside of the classroom, children learn and experience physical and human geography in our local area so that they can use this knowledge to consider more global concepts. Children become competent in geographical skills through the provision of a curriculum that allows for collection, analysis and communication around a range of information and learn how to interpret and present this in a variety of ways, including through map work.
Within geography, achievement is celebrated through children knowing more and experiencing more so that they feel equipped to embrace the challenges presented in their next stage of learning and feel confident enough to ask difficult questions and tackle problems. We want children to have a knowledge of the world around them as citizens of the next generation so that they feel like they can not only be knowledgeable about such issues, but are able to contribute in some way and encourage change.