The importance of Geography
Geography teaches an understanding of places and environments. Through their work in geography, children learn about their local area, and they compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. They learn how to draw and interpret maps, and they develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. Geography teaching also motivates children to find out about the physical world, and enables them to recognise the importance of ECO issues and sustainable development for the future of mankind.
In Geography we aim to:
- Stimulate interest and wonder in the world around us
- Study people and places and to understand how they relate to each other
- Learn about features of human and physical geography and equip pupils with the vocabulary to describe them
- Develop empathy for people living in different places
- Develop an understanding of our locality and cultures as well as those of others through the study of other places
- Help children develop an awareness of the environment and their responsibility to care for it
- Encourage appreciation of what 'global citizenship' means and the global 'rights of the child', linked to our school's work as a Unicef Rights Respecting School
- Develop a variety of skills including those of enquiry, problem-solving, ICT and investigation
- Teach map work and basic compass skills
- Show how to use a wide range of resources such as stories, pictures, photographs, role play, artefacts, fieldtrips and walks, visitors and ICT.
Teaching and Learning
The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in geography lessons. The principal aims are to develop skills and understanding as well as developing their technical knowledge. We do this through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual/group activities. Within lessons, we give children the opportunity both to work on their own and to collaborate with others, listening to other childrens idea's and treating these with respect.