Geography inspires children’s curiosity and fosters a fascination about the world and its people that stays with them for the rest of their lives. They are equipped with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, along with developing a deep knowledge about the world; which helps their understanding of the interaction between the physical and human process and the formation and use of landscapes and environments. At CPS children learn how to use appropriate vocabulary, and use resources such as IT, personal accounts from visitors and relatives, books and photographs. They will study a range of geography topics and create links with other aspects of learning including literacy, maths, art, design technology and drama. Trips to places of geographical significance and visits by theatre groups will enhance children’s understanding of the past.
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;
- 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.