Geography is the study of people and places and the interaction between them. It is not merely the ability to memorise the names of places and locate their position on the earth's surface. It consists of knowledge and understanding of concepts and skills, all of which relate to the physical and human environment and the interaction between them. As pupils study Geography, they encounter different societies and cultures and compare them to their own work. This inspires them to think about their own values and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment. Therefore, preparing them for adult life in this multicultural and ever changing world.
Aims and objectives
To give children real geographical experiences whenever possible.
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 sustainable development for the future of mankind.
By the end of Key stage 1 Pupils should be able to express a point of view about a place and give reasons for their preference.
By the end of Key stage 2 pupils should be able to identify common physical features occurring on the earth's surface and explain how they are formed. Empathise with different cultures and their way of life and argue for and against key environment issues affecting the world today.
During Key stage 3 children should begin to think globally about their own actions in relation to world issues and explain clearly how and why physical and human geography has developed in the way we see it today.
The objectives of teaching geography in our school are:
1/ To enable children to gain knowledge and understanding of places in the world.
2/ To increase children's knowledge of other cultures and, in so doing, teach a respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multicultural country.
3/ To allow children to learn graphic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps.
4/ To enable children to know and understand environmental problems at a local, regional and global level.
5/ To encourage in children a commitment to sustainable development, and an appreciation of what 'global citizenship' means.