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Geography

‘Geography underpins a lifelong “conversation” about the earth as the home of humankind.’ - Geography Association

 

At St Peter’s, it is our intent for our Geography curriculum that we should inspire in our pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people through the form of our topics. We aim to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people and resources in the environments in order to develop their understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes.

 

We also want to develop children’s abilities to apply their geographical skills to enable them to confidently communicate their findings. We aim to provide children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries as to improve their skills in collecting and analysing data, using maps, globes, aerial photographs and digital mapping to name and identify countries, continents and oceans. We want children to enjoy and love learning about geography, by gaining the knowledge and the skills needed with practical fieldwork and educational visits.

 

The national curriculum for Geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

 

  • Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes.
  • Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time.

 

And are competent in the geographical skills needed to:

 

  • Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes.
  • Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
  • Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

 

Throughout the curriculum, we will encourage children to recognise that the world is of creation and through Geography we are developing a sense of awe and wonder of that creation.

 

“The study of Geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.” - Barack Obama

 

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