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Geography

Purpose of study

Geography teaching should equip children with a curiosity of places, people, resources and natural and human environments around the world. It should evoke an enjoyment of knowledge and deeper understanding of human and physical features, processes and interconnections. It should give a sense of identity for pupils with regards to their local area and wider world, whilst acknowledging similarities and differences between places and provide opportunities to recognise, discuss and evaluate these. Children should accurately use human, physical, positional and directional vocabulary to think, talk and explore through experiences that allow children to identify, describe, explain, compare and evaluate their geographical understanding.

Aims

Our curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all children:

  • 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.
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