At St James’ Catholic Primary School, we aim to develop children’s sense of place. We teach geography to enable children to gain knowledge and understanding of places in the world (including both political and physical geography); and to increase their knowledge of other cultures. In so doing, they learn respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multi-cultural country. We also teach geography so that children learn graphic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps and to enable children to know and understand environmental problems at a local, regional, national and global scale. We also support the development of a variety of other cross-curricular skills, including those of enquiry, problem solving, computing, investigation and how to present conclusions in the most appropriate way.
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.