Geography teaches an understanding of places and environments. Through their work in Geography, children learn about their local area and compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. They learn how to draw and interpret maps and they develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving.
Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human Geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. Geography teaching also motivates children to find out about the physical world and enables them to recognise the importance of sustainable development for the future of mankind.
At St Denys C.E. Infant School, we aim to:
Create a sense of wonder about the physical and natural world.
Investigate and develop an understanding and awareness of their local environment and the world in which they live. Also to nurture a respect for the environment.
Develop growing awareness and understanding of a contrasting area in the United Kingdom or abroad.
Create a sense of wonder about the diversity of cultures and lifestyles of others who share this world with us, and also learn what it means to be a positive citizen in a multi-cultural country.
Consider some of the geographical issues that face the world today.
Recognise changes in the environment and how the environment may be improved and sustained. As well as looking at the effects of humans on physical and natural environments.
Observe where landmarks, environmental structures and other features are located in the environment.
Develop geographical vocabulary and skills in order to interpret resources, such as maps, globes, pictures and data.
By following these aims children will gain an increased knowledge and understanding about the changing world in which we live in. They will become increasingly thoughtful, responsible and sympathetic to environments and cultures, at all levels from local to global.