Why do we teach what we teach? (Our intent)
Geography is perhaps one of the most versatile and cross curricular subjects there is. We can find links to geography in most areas of the curriculum from poetry, music and art to maths, science and even P.E.! Simply put, Geography is about everything we do and see. From studying the natural world around us to understanding our impact on, responsibility and role in shaping the world in which we live. Geography opens eyes and minds to enable pupils to grow into caring and responsible members of the world.
How do we teach it? (Our implementation)
At St Mary’s we teach geography in a range of ways, but largely as part of topic based learning in Key Stage 1 and 2 and as part of Understanding of the World in Early Years. Our pupils enjoy learning, both inside and outside of the classroom. In Early Years this might look like exploration of the natural world as well as observation and exploration of the local environment. In KS 1 and 2, we use books and online research in various topics, as well as hands-on practical learning, both in our local environment (school grounds, local parks and town etc.) and in different locations around the country (e.g. Littlehampton and The Seven Sisters Country Park, Sussex). Pupils also use a wide range of resources to compare our locality with those that may be different or similar around the world. It is vital that our pupils do not only gain head knowledge, but the skills and practical learning that will cement and allow their knowledge to deepen and be lifelong, and grounded in experience of different places.
What is the difference that this makes? (Our impact)
The impact that learning in geography makes on our pupils is not only knowledge gained during their time at school, but also an impact on their lives and roles in society and the world as they leave our school and progress beyond. We want our pupils to understand the complexity of the natural world as well as their own individual, and our corporate roles as stewards of the world we live in. Year-on-year students will be building on prior knowledge and skills to equip them to build a brighter future not only for themselves but also for our community and the wider world.