At St. George’s C of E School, staff want to ignite and nurture the importance of Geography and develop key skills through the children’s learning journey. The Geography broad curriculum is sequenced to invite children to have a curiosity and fascination about the world, its people, places and environments.
Children begin to learn the foundations about where they live, starting local within Kidderminster; keeping it relevant to them as learners and inspiring curiosity. With progression, this knowledge expands out from the Wyre Forest to the UK, Europe and into the wider world.
At St. George’s C of E School we understand the importance of learning about the world around us and the role humans play in shaping the future of our shared planet. Barack Obama states that ‘the study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.’
Our geography curriculum is carefully designed to support children in building the progressive knowledge required through the four main aspects of the subject: locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork. It also identifies the specific vocabulary and geographical terminology children need in order to become enthusiastic, confident geographers. It is further enhanced through regular visits and visitors.
Where possible, we encourage children to go out “into the field”. Through both classroom and fieldwork, children will learn how to compare their life in this locality to other regions in the United Kingdom, and in the rest of the world. Drawing on successive learning experiences, children will continue build an awareness of diverse places, people, resources, and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Ultimately, they will learn how to draw and interpret maps and develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem solving.
At St George’s, we help children become motivated to think critically about some of the World’s most current geographical issues with which we are faced. Our pupils will form opinions and ideas for sustainable development and global citizenship, which they can continue to build on for the rest of their lives, equipping them for further education and beyond.