Geography

Geography Mission Statement

 The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.

Barak Obama

At our school, we believe that it has never been more important for children to have a comprehensive global understanding of the world and the people and cultures that inhabit it. Through understanding geography and the complexity of our planet, we believe that our children will develop respect for the physical environment and the diverse range of cultures and beliefs that make up our world.

We aim to foster understanding, curiosity and fascination about the world and its people through the planned curriculum and through opportunities that arise throughout the year as detailed below.

  • Learn about the countries of new children to the school as the cohort diversifies (unity)
  • Read stories and learn songs from other countries and cultures (unity)
  • Discuss world news items as they arise (responsibility)
  • Take part in global charity work and sustainability projects (responsibility and generosity)
WE KNOW ABOUT WE CARE ABOUT WE ACT
Locations An equal share for all Raise money
People -similarities and differences Sustainability Campaign
Natural environments and Processes Climate Change Recycle
Human Geography and Processes Pollution Save energy
The World’s Resources Fairtrade Clean up campaigns
Reading Maps    
Conducting Fieldwork    

The national curriculum for geography 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.

Geography at St Elizabeth’s

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