Geography

We intend to develop young geographers who have a curiosity and fascination with the world and its people. We deliver the National Curriculum for Geography through the use of the Cornerstones Curriculum.  This approach provides children with the opportunity to seek answers to enquiry questions and develop their knowledge of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. 

Through geographical enquiry, children develop an understanding of the unique environmental and social contexts of the South West of England, whose investigation and exploration open a window to the wider world. Key to understanding this are the overarching concepts of geography:

  • Place
  • Space
  • Physical and Human
  • Interdependence
  • Changes over time
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Cultural understanding and diversity
  • Fieldwork

In line with the National Curriculum 2014, our teaching aims to:

  • Develop children’s knowledge and understanding of place, both locally and globally
  • Encourage children to seek answers to questions such as: Where is this place? What is it like? (And why?) How and why is it changing? How does this place compare with other places? How and why are places connected?
  • Support children to use evidence and data to make connections and compare and contrast this with different communities locally and around the world
  • Equip children with the knowledge to debate and discuss questions such as: What could/should the world be like in the future? What can we do to influence change?
  • Teach children the fieldwork skills that will deepen their knowledge and understanding of geographical processes
  • Enable children to understand the interdependence between humans, the natural environment and one another and how human behaviour has shaped the world (culture, economics, communities and global responsibility)

Geography underpins a lifelong conversation about the Earth as the home of humankind

Geography Association

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