Geography is about people and places. It is the teaching of the physical environment, the people living in the environment and the interaction between the two.
Through their work in geography, children learn about their local area and compare their life with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and throughout the rest of the world. They learn how to draw and interpret maps and they develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. The teaching and learning in geography enables children to recognise the importance of sustainable development for the future of mankind.
The aims of the department are to foster an understanding of the world we live in, the physical processes that operate, how our interaction can affect the world and how we are able to deal with the consequences of these interactions. Entwined with this is the ability to appreciate similarities and differences in the world around them and to respect other people’s beliefs, attitudes and values. Through engaging in geographical experiences, we aim to equip children with the experiences and skills they need to be confident and competent geographers and to recognise links to other subject.
Geography is taught from the very foundation of our school in the Nursery with weekly nature walks, observations about the weather and even the study of larger continents such as North America where different animals, customs and are explored.
In Year One, ‘Barnaby Bear’ takes a trip around the world encouraging children to explore the physical and human environment in different locations, while in Year Two, the children meet the fictional character ‘Katie Morag’ and contrast their own environment with the fictional Isle of Struay.
Lessons show an emphasis on the human and physical aspects of the environment as well as the study of maps and coordinates.
In Key Stage Two the children engage in more detailed studies about Kenya, India, Water, The Rainforest and ‘How to Be Green’.
At Finborough, geography is taught as a multi-disciplinary approach, demonstrating the close link between different subjects and is collectively known as ‘Topic’. A range of themes are covered in each year group, with each showing a different bias towards the different humanities.
At Finborough, we believe in providing as many practical opportunities as possible to enhance the curriculum. If you were to observe a geography lesson in action, it is very possible that you might mistakenly think that you were in art or drama. The combining of cross-curricular links is an essential tool in making learning fun, exciting and memorable.