Geography at Gamesley Primary School.
Geography teaching in primary school focuses on developing an understanding of our world through experience, investigation and learning from secondary sources. It provides children with transferable skills and knowledge. Geography helps children to gain a greater understanding of the different cultures and ways of life in our world. This will help enable the children to take responsibility for their role in society and to develop a caring attitude towards others and the environment.
Through our teaching we aim to:
· Develop children’s geographical understanding and competence in specific geographical skills;
· Help children acquire and develop the skills and confidence in investigation and problem solving and decision making ;
· Stimulate the child’s interest and curiosity in their surroundings and also the world beyond their local area;
· Create and foster a sense of wonder about the world;
· Inspire a sense of responsibility for the environment and people of the world we live in;
· Increase awareness of the changing world we live in and the role that humans play in those changes so that they can consider how it can be improved and sustained;
· Develop a respect for people throughout the world regardless of culture, race and religion;
· Develop a sense of identity through learning about the United Kingdom and the local area;
· Inspire children to feel part of a world beyond the boundaries of the school community and seek opportunities within that wider world.
We also hope to:
· Improve skills across the curriculum, especially in literacy, ICT and maths;
· Develop critical thinking skills;
· Promote a love of learning;
· Promote awareness and understanding of spiritual and moral issues;
· Develop pupils as active citizens.
At Gamesley School Geography is taught as part of our topic based cross curricular learning. In KS1 children develop their knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and the local area. They are taught subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.
In KS2 the children extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America and the Arctic regions. This includes the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.
Trips to the local area, rivers, Lyme Park, Buxton, Longendale, Formby and Llandudno support and enrich the teaching of Geography in school.