Geography is an essential part of the curriculum, it provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding of the world in which we live. Geography teaches an understanding of places and environments and the interaction between the physical and the human impact.
Through their work in Geography, children learn about their local area and 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. The Geography Curriculum places great importance on the interaction between the physical and the human environment and 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 become aware of their surroundings, their own responsibilities and how they can contribute to improving the environment. Where appropriate, the Geography curriculum promotes key British Values so our children have exposure to a wide experience of local and global learning where there are opportunities for respect and tolerance when embracing differences within the world we live.
The national curriculum for geography 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.