At Unsworth Primary we believe that through the Geography curriculum children should be given a sense of self and their immediate environment, whilst also developing an appreciation of the unique diversity other places, people and cultures have to offer. Clearly, as international links become closer, easier and faster, we need more than ever to understand the geography of our world.
Our aims in teaching geography are to:
- Help children to identify, observe and utilise enquiry skills through the exploration of their own local area, then moving onto the wider environments world
- Help children understand the key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
- Ensure children develop an awareness of cultural and ethnic diversity, within our society, and to foster an interest in distant places, people and their lives beyond their immediate environment
- Encourage children to raise questions, to collect, observe, measure, record and interpret data gathered through fieldwork deepening their understanding
- Support children to interpret a range of sources including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- Allow children to develop their opinions on environmental change and sustainable development.
- Inform children of their responsibility for the care of the Earth and its people, by working together to build understanding.
- Develop children’s key skills so they can communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
The objectives of Geography teaching at Unsworth are based on the requirements of the NC programmes of study for key stages 1 & 2. The geography curriculum will help pupils to:
- Study aspects of physical geography e.g. weather, rivers, mountains, etc.
- Acquire mapping skills linked to age and ability;
- Investigate through first-hand experience. e.g. visits to places of geographical interest, using the school grounds and field work in local area
- Study human geography and the impact this has on the environment, both local and further afield e.g. local study fieldwork, rainforests deforestation, tourism, trade
- Discuss their work using geographical language
- Make observations about physical and human factors that begin to offer explanations for geographical patterns;
- Make observations and begin to describe how geographical processes lead to similarities and differences between places.
In Reception, children will be developing a greater understanding of “Understanding the world” and working towards achieving the Early Learning Goal (ELG), which states:
- Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places
- Talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments may vary from one another
“Geography is challenging, motivating, topical and fun. In our diverse society children need, more than ever before, to understand other people and cultures.” (Geography Association)