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Geography teaches an understanding of places and environments so that children have a contextual knowledge of geographically significant places, both on land and in the oceans. Through their work in geography, children learn about their local area and compare their life in this area with that in other regions of the UK and the rest of the world. Children should develop an understanding of the processes that give rise to physical and human changes over time and how these are interdependent. They learn how to draw and interpret maps, locate countries and places and develop skills of research and investigation. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children gain an insight of life in other cultures. Children will learn how to present their work in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

The aims of geography in our school are to inspire curiosity and fascination about the world

• to allow children to learn geographic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps

• to enable children to know and understand environmental problems through the world

• to encourage in children a commitment to sustainable development and an appreciation of what ‘global citizenship’ means.

• to develop an understanding of ecology i.e. the interdependence of living things and their environment.

• to study the geography of our school, its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.

• Geography teaching focuses on enabling children to think of themselves as citizens of the world. We use a range of teaching and learning styles such as Kagan activities and open ended questioning.

We provide an opportunity for children to use a wide range of resources such as maps, globes, pictures, aerial photographs and computing equipment. Wherever possible, we involve the children in field work e.g. research of a local environmental problem or a current issue. We recognise the fact that in all classes there are children of widely different abilities in geography and we seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child

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