At Chestnuts, we teach both physical and human geography to enable our pupils to learn about places in the world and to increase their knowledge of other cultures. This is important, as in a world where people travel and there is a greater integration, our children need to gain knowledge and understanding about the lives, cultures and experiences of those around them.
We follow the national curriculum to teach our children about varying environments and landscapes around the world and how these create challenges at a local, regional, national and global scale. As the children progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. In the Early Years, our children begin to think geographically through the Understanding of the World area of learning. They focus on features of their own familiar environments and cultures before comparing these to other places. They then develop these skills as they move through the school, learning about the local area, the country they live in and other places around the world. This allows them to broaden their geographical knowledge.
We also equip our children to acquire and develop geographical skills. For example, using, drawing and interpreting maps, using compasses and learning basic fieldwork skills. Fieldwork skills such as carrying out observations, collecting, recording and retrieving information as part of an enquiry are developed on the school grounds, around the local area and on trips further afield. We introduce and use a wide range of geography specific vocabulary, which progresses as the children develop their skills and knowledge through the curriculum.
At Chestnuts, we aim to:
- Develop children who want to investigate places and patterns.
- Develop the children’s geographical communication skills.
- Deepen the children’s understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes.
- Inspire our children to develop their curiosity, fascination and understanding of the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.