Geography is taught using an enquiry-based approach which aims to inspire in our pupils a curiosity and fascination about the World.
We recognise that, whilst it is important for pupils to increase and extend their knowledge of the subject, it is also vital that they have space and time to develop the concepts and skills of young geographers. Each unit of work focuses on a key question, which is then investigated through analysis of sources of evidence, discussion and written work. At Key Stage 1, many of these questions will be more tightly defined ‘Who’, ‘What’, ‘Where’ and ‘When’ questions, but at Key Stage 2, a more open-ended approach will be apparent, with an emphasis on ‘Why’ and ‘How’ questions.
Geography is taught through a variety of approaches, including group work, class discussion, Outdoor Learning and Welly Walks. We believe “hands-on” opportunities are vital and whenever possible arrange local field studies, educational visits and invite visitors into school to enhance our learning opportunities. Cross-curricular links are made whenever possible. Computing is fully integrated into the teaching of Geography.
In Key Stage One pupils develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.
In Key Stage Two pupils extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the UK and Europe, North and South America. This includes the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.