Geography inspires a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with our pupils for the rest of their lives. It equips them with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
Our Geography curriculum 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
At Wales Primary School, pupils have opportunities to develop their geographical knowledge and understanding through the topics and themes that they study in lessons and cross curricular work. Global issues are covered in different curriculum subjects, such as PSHCE, which allow our pupils to apply their geographical skills into different contexts and situations.
Enrichment opportunities are provided through visits to specific places and visitors into school, both of which give our pupils first hand experiences. Through our assemblies, we teach our pupils about issues such as: conservation of raw materials, litter cleanliness, re-cycling, walking, climate change, purchasing sensibly, endangered species, freedom, poverty etc.
Pupils regularly use our school environment and local environments to learn about key issues, such as pollution, land use and conservation.