Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, people, places and environments, bridging the Social Sciences (Human Geography) with the Natural Sciences (Physical Geography). Inspiring a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, enabling children to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live through geographical enquiry, investigation, problem solving and decision making. As pupils study Geography, they will begin to develop an interest in other countries, societies and cultures.
Through the teaching of Geography, we aim to:
- Develop curiosity, knowledge and an understanding of the world in which they live through the study of a variety of human and physical conditions on Earth
- Foster a sense of awe and wonder at the beauty of the world around them
- Engender a sense of responsibility for the care of our earth and its population
- Interpret a range of sources of geographical information
The foundations for Geography are laid in our Lower School. The skills and concepts covered through our topics are largely based on the 2014 National Curriculum. Our pupils will develop a knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They will be introduced to basic subject-specific vocabulary and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness. As they move into Year 3, 4 and 5 their knowledge and understanding will be extended to Europe and the rest of the world.
Our Lower School topics allow us to make the most of our school environment to extend our learning outside of the classroom. From measuring and recording of the weather to using mapping to explore our school grounds. The Year 4 residential trip introduces orienteering skills, which is developed in Year 5 through our work on map skills.
Head of Geography: Adrian Dunning