Geography is an essential part of the curriculum, it provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved. Geography explores the relationship between the Earth and its people through the study of place, space and environment. It contributes to the cultural, social, spiritual and moral life of children as they acquire knowledge of a range of different cultures and traditions, and learn tolerance and understanding of other people and environments. Geography is the subject in which pupils learn the skills of understanding a locality and how and where people fit into its overall structure. Developing geographical skills is essential as children live in a world that is wide open to them. With opportunities to travel and work in different cities and countries across the world, pupils need to use efficiently maps, charts and other geographical data. The opportunities for the children to carry out geographical enquiry are also of value.
At Great Coates Primary School we believe that high quality teaching of geography is about:
~ Developing a sense of place.
~ Developing skills in investigating the physical and human features of the pupils’ surroundings.
~ Increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the different communities and cultures
within Great Coates Primary School, their locality and the world and understanding how these all relate to one another.
~ Developing pupils’ competence in specific geographical skills (such as use of maps, secondary
sources, ICT, aerial photographs, data logging equipment and considering evidence from a
range of sources).
~Develop a sense of responsibility and respect for our school grounds, earth, its people and its resources.
~ Developing an awareness that the world extends beyond the pupil’s own environment.
We link these wherever possible to our school values, resilience, pride, reflection, aspiration and respect.