"The study of geography is more than just memorising places on a map. It is about understanding the complexities of our world."
Geography is rooted in exploring what is real and contemporary - high quality geography provision piques curiosity and inspires questions to be asked and answers sought across all areas of the curriculum.
At Woodstock CE Primary School it is our intention that Geography is taught through themes, as part of a whole school topic-based approach to teaching and learning. This enables teachers to forge cross-curricular links giving a meaningful context for the learning. However, teachers make it explicit to children that they are learning geography skills and that they are being ‘Geographers’. Geography is important in our school as it provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved. We explore the relationship between Earth and its people. It stimulates curiosity and imagination. Wherever possible, we aim to build upon the child’s ‘Individual Geography’ by developing geographical skills, understanding and knowledge through studying places and themes. Staff continually review and adapt work and learning to meet our children’s needs.
Children are given opportunities to develop an awareness of their immediate surroundings, other places and how people have used their environment. Through this they are introduced to the techniques necessary to undertake fieldwork and geographical enquiries. Children are encouraged to broaden their knowledge of places and environments throughout the world; develop an understanding of maps, and a range of investigative and problem-solving skills both inside and outside the classroom. As pupils study geography they encounter different societies and cultures, which helps them realise how nations rely on each other. It can inspire them to think about their own place in the world, their values and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment. Environmental work is an important aspect of the geography curriculum and is further enhanced by our active Eco-School Committee.
Each week, throughout school, children discuss and reflect on naturally occurring events or topical issues that are happening around the world – ‘Our World.’ These opportunities broaden children’s geographical knowledge and understanding and how the impact of such events can affect others. This further supports our global work and developing SMSC awareness and understanding; it also enhances our work as a Rights Respecting School and promotes courageous advocacy.