Geography is essentially about understanding the world we live in. It helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world.
At Brize Norton Primary School, the children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it.
The geography curriculum enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferrable to other curriculum areas. Geography is an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills.
At our school, our intent, when teaching geography, is to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and people within it; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
As children mature they become increasingly aware of their surroundings and of the character of the place where they live. Gradually, as their horizons expand, they begin to construct a picture of other places, some of which are very different to their own. At Brize Norton Primary School we believe that the study of Geography should aid pupils to make sense of their immediate and more distant environments. Children are therefore given the opportunity to attend educational visits to heighten their own geographical experiences, including visits within the local area to enhance their studies. We believe that Geography should help pupils to take a definitive interest in their community and in the larger environment to which they belong (both globally and nationally.)
How Geography is taught
In our teaching practice, we use both technology and books, to enhance the learning of all students. These teaching aids coupled with our instructional methods help children to become more aware of life in other parts of the world, and how it can affect and impinge on their lives. We believe in enhancing students’ curiosity about people and places.
Geography is taught in many different ways to help develop a wide range of skills and knowledge. We give the children opportunities to write and show their understanding of the subject matter. Our aim is for all children to have a deep understanding of the geography of the local area, the UK and the wider world.
What the children say
“I like learning about the differences between our country and other places.”
“I like knowing if I go to other places there could be mountains.”
“I didn’t know there were time differences in the world!”