At St. Luke’s, we believe that Geography teaching should inspire pupils to develop a curiosity and fascination about the world in which they live. Pupils should be encouraged to develop an appreciation of the people and places of the world in which they live. They deserve opportunities to discover more about the world around them and the variety that exists within it, as well as exploring wider current issues such as sustainability, interdependence and diversity. The school’s principles of love, thankfulness and hope underlie the desire for children to develop a broad understanding of different people around the world and consider their role in the world.
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 Home
We would love children to be engaged with geography and awareness of the world around them all of the time. At home, this could include:
- Watching Newsround and discussing where stories are taking place and their significance.
- Getting children to plan trips - How will we get there? What will we see on the way? How long will it take? What route(s) could we take?
- Having world maps and atlases at home. Where is this football team based? Where does this famous person live? Where are the best surf spot? What is the capital city of Honduras?
- Subscriptions to magazines such as National Geographic or The Week Junior.
- Keeping a family scrap book of places visited.
- Observing and discussing the area, country and world around us.
- Reading books (fiction or non-fiction) about or set in different parts of the world.