Learning through Geography at Greenleas
At Greenleas every child matters. We want our children to be confident, motivated and independent learners who have respect for others. The rich curriculum is the means of a high-quality education, providing all with good opportunities for enjoyment and achievement.
Geography is an essential part of the curriculum, it provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved. Geography explores the relationship between the Earth and its people through the study of place, space and environment. It contributes to the cultural, social, spiritual and moral life of children as they acquire knowledge of a range of different cultures and traditions, and learn tolerance and understanding of other people and environments. Geography is the subject in which pupils learn the skills of understanding a locality and how and where people fit into its overall structure. Developing geographical skills is essential as children live in a world that is wide open to them.
We recognise that our curriculum planning must allow pupils to gain a progressively deeper understanding and competency as they move through the school. We aim to provide all pupils with equal access to a rich, broad, balanced and differentiated creative Geography curriculum matched well to their ages, abilities, interests, aptitudes and special needs.
Through the teaching of Geography at GPS we aim to:
- Motivate children’s interest in their surroundings and develop a knowledge and understanding of the physical and human processes which form places.
- Provide learning opportunities that enthuse, engage, and motivate children to learn and foster a sense of curiosity and wonder at the beauty of the world around them.
- Help pupils develop a sense of identity through learning about the UK and its relationships with other countries.
- Ensure a focus on local area studies and to make sense of their own surroundings through learning about their own locality and the interaction between people and the environment.
- Develop an informed concern about the future of our planet and enhance children’s sense of responsibility for the earth and its’ inhabitants.
- Encourage learning through enquiry-based projects and lessons in order to develop children’s independent research skills.
- To develop the geographical skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps of different scales, and the vocabulary necessary to carry out effective geographical enquiry.
- To be able to apply map reading skills to globes and atlas maps and identify geographical features.
- To formulate appropriate questions, develop research skills and evaluate material to inform opinions.