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. The teaching of Geography would be difficult without acknowledging the future of our planet. The Geography Curriculum places great importance on the interaction between the physical and the human environment. Many areas of study give opportunities to make children aware of these effects upon their surroundings, their own responsibilities and how they can contribute to improving the environment, however small that contribution might be.
We use a variety of teaching and learning styles, combining whole-class teaching methods and enquiry- based research activities. In each key stage, children are given the opportunity to visit their local environment and examine geographical features. Other sources of information are found in books, software and carefully supervised use of the internet and allowing the children to talk about their own personal experiences of other countries which recognises the diversity of our children’s heritage. We recognise that in all classes there are pupils with widely different attainment in geography and we seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all pupils by matching the challenge to the ability of the pupil
At Langmoor, you will see that the children have
· an interest in their surroundings through learning about their own locality and the interaction between people and the environment.
· increased knowledge of other cultures and an understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multi-cultural country.
· learning opportunities that enthuse, engage, and the motivation to learn and foster a sense of curiosity and wonder at the beauty of the world around them.
· an appreciation of what ‘global citizenship’ means.
· developed their geographical skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps of different scales, and the vocabulary necessary to carry out effective geographical enquiry.
· the ability to apply map reading skills to globes and atlas maps and identify geographical features.
· formulated appropriate questions, developed their research skills and are able to evaluate material to inform opinions.