“Geography brings the world down to earth” (Dr Rita Gardner, Royal Geographical Society)
With a growing awareness of the world around them, children need to know where they fit into it. Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds. It leads them to discover people and places beyond their own experience. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps and a range of investigative problems both inside and outside the classroom.
“Without Geography you’re nowhere” (Jimmy Buffett, American singer-songwriter)
Content overview – Key Stage 1
Children develop their geographical skills enquiry, together with their knowledge and understanding of places and the people who live there, by studying locations close to home as well as further afield. They begin to understand patterns and processes (such as seasonal changes and how human and physical features affect places). They begin to develop an understanding of how environments change and how to sustain them. As well as using a wealth of resources in the classroom, children experience the wider world first hand on field trips.
Children at Valley End have opportunities to think about global issues and through ‘African Revival’ we are linked with a Primary School in Gulu, Uganda. Through engaging with UNICEF and our achievement as a Level 2 Rights Respecting School children learn about their rights through the ‘Charter on the Rights of the Child’ and some of the responsibilities they have and will have in the future as citizens of the world.