‘A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination with the world around them and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.’ (National Curriculum 2013). This is a subject that allows children to explore and develop their understanding of the social, environmental, economic and political aspects of place, whilst considering their own role on a local, national and global scale. For example: when learning about how wood is used as a natural resource, pupils also learn about how the economy is supported; the localised and global impact of deforestation; how companies can use renewable resources to reduce their impact on the environment, as well as what they themselves can do in order to make a difference.
How Do We Teach Geography?
As a school, we have invested in high-quality information texts in order for to pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding in geography. These texts are used throughout area of study alongside direct instruction, guided practice and independent activities in order to achieve exceptional attainment within these subjects. Our pupils also learn the geographical disciplinary skills required to use subject specific resources such as globes, maps, aerial photographs and current statistics. This enables our pupils to develop their geographical skills, develop a contextual knowledge of globally significant places and understand key facts about physical and human geographical features. Learning is further supported by writing an analytical essay to answer a geographical question at the end of each unit of learning to showcase each child’s understanding of an area of study.