At Robertswood School, it is our intention that Geography will inspire pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain throughout their lives.
During lessons, geography is increasingly being taken outside the classroom to gain hands on experiences. This ranges from fieldwork in the school grounds to visits and walks around the local community and further afield. We are fortunate to be located in a beautiful part of the country with easy access to rivers, the city and other manmade and natural environments.
Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human world. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, and a range of problem-solving and investigative skills both inside and outside the classroom. Geography is an important link between natural and social sciences and focuses on understanding and tackling issues about the environment.
Geography also helps our children to understand how and why places are changing and to better predict what the likely futures maybe. This approach deepens understanding of what places are like, why and how they are connected and the importance of location.
Geography is an enquiry led subject that seeks answers to important questions such as:
· Where is this place?
· What is it like? (And why?)
· How and why is it changing?
· How does this place compare with other places?
· How and why are places connected?
It is important that a geographer, no matter how young doesn’t just answer questions but also asks and debates them.
· What could/should the world be like in the future?
· What can we do to influence change?
Geography draws on its vast range of vocabulary to identify and name places, the features within them and the human and physical processes at work there. Such core knowledge provides the building blocks of deeper explanation and understanding providing entry points to geographical conversations about the world.
Geography deals with the here and now of real life and as such is a vital living subject that contributes to and enhances the wider curriculum. Although geography can be taught alone, it also offers meaningful contexts for high quality cross-curricular work.
It is our intention that the geography curriculum will be both stimulating and motivating in order to capture the pupil’s curiosity and fuel their motivation to learn. The pupils should be provided with exciting learning opportunities so as they enjoy acquiring and developing their skills and knowledge and perceive the work as an interesting place. With a solid foundation upon which they can continue to build their knowledge, we hope that the children will continue to have a curiosity of the world throughout their lives.