From a young age, it is our natural instinct to explore the world around us. Geography helps us make tangible connections across subjects and helps children to understand the world, its environments and places near and far, and the processes that create and impact them. At St Peters Geography is beginning to contextualise and extend the possibilities for developing and applying literacy and mathematics, among many other foundation subjects. It provides the opportunity to develop key geographical understanding across a range of topics while also developing key investigative and research skills.
Geography is primarily taught when it tangibly links to topics and in discrete lessons. The children benefit from sessions dedicated to the development of knowledge and understanding as well as the opportunity to carry out field work. Children are encouraged to use technology to research, record and present.
We aim to nurture the natural curiosity children have about the physical and human aspects of our world, by fostering inquisitive learners who look closely at the world around them and begin to interpret what they see. We encourage children to be inquisitive geographers, who are beginning to understand some of the current human and physical challenges to our planet and to appreciate their role in ensuring a sustainable future.
We follow the National Curriculum which aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
- Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
Are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
- Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
- Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.