Our aim within the Geography department is to develop an understanding of our world, primarily through experience, investigation, and learning from secondary sources.
The purpose of gaining this understanding is to enable pupils to take responsibility for their role in society, and to develop understanding of the various factors that affect our environment. This understanding can then be employed for the benefit of themselves and also for fellow human beings, animals, and plants in our world. Geography is associated primarily with the study of places; how these places are shaped by the people who live in them and the physical processes acting on them.
The Geography department follows the national curriculum between Year 1-6. Each term a new topic is covered by each year group but there is flexibility for any current events to be celebrated or for further study to occur.
The topics are taught within classes that allow for plenty of opportunities for independent research using all available resources. There are ample opportunities for the use of ICT through the school’s various facilities. The subject is taught in a way which encourages questioning and critical thinking. There are also opportunities for debates, presentations, art and project style work The school has a cross-curricular Orienteering course within the grounds, this not only allows for the children to get hands on experience and using and reading a map as well as giving them the opportunity to get outside and explore the environment around them
The pupils towards the end of Key Stage 2 are encouraged to take on more responsibility on how they want to conduct their research study and present their work to foster independence ready for the next Key Stage of their education.