Geography is a valued part of the curriculum and helps children to explore, appreciate and understand the world in which we live and how it has evolved.
Geography is important because:
- it helps us understand the world around us
- we can apply geographical skills and knowledge to every day life
- it develops environmental awareness and responsibility
- it is fun!
Geography encourages children to observe, investigate and take an interest in their immediate surroundings with a view to developing a critical awareness of the wider environment.
We are fortunate at Barugh Green Primary School to be situated in an environment of great variety. Visits and walks can give children first hand experience of this variety and of some of the factors responsible for it. For example, climate and weather can both shape our environment and have a significant influence on people and their lives.
The residential programme in Key Stage 2 (Years 4 and 6) gives our children the opportunity to study different environments a little further afield. This will enable them to develop an appreciation of some of the differences between their local environment and a different locality as weoll as developing many other valuable skills.
Children develop a broad range of geographical skills and vocabulary through the use of maps, globes, photographs and ICT programs. There are also many opportunities for cross curricular approaches, for example, using ICT to interpret data and organise information as well as developing the use of non-fiction texts linking closely with pupils' work in Literacy
At Barugh Green primary School Geography is taught as a continuous strand and also within termly units which forms the long term planner for the whole school Please see the link below to view this.
Within each year group from Year 1 onwards there are four strands that will be taught throughout the course of the year and these are:
- Locational knowledge
- Place knowledge
- Human and Physical Geography
- Skills and Fieldwork
In FS2 the Early Learning Goal of Understanding the World as well as weekly outdoor education sessions will help our youngest children to develop their geographical skills and awareness from the very start.
Watch this space, exciting new Geography links coming soon!...