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Geography Purpose of Study

A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils 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. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

At Peatmoor we aim to stimulate pupils’ interest and understanding of their surroundings and in a variety of physical and human conditions on the Earth’s surface.We want to foster pupils’ sense of wonder at the beauty in the world around them.
We help pupils to develop an informed concern about the quality of the environment, the use of resources and the future of human habitat and thereby enhance pupils’ sense of responsibility for the care of the Earth and its people.

National Curriculum and organisation

All geography work is relevant to the National Curriculum 2013.  Although there are certain areas of geography that can be taught in isolation, it has many links with other subjects and cross-curricular themes.  The library is used by all children to provide opportunities to explore geographical skills and concepts.

Teaching and learning

  • In our Reception class the early learning goals are addressed by teaching geography through “the world’.  The medium for learning often being stories, play activities and hands on environmental experience.
  • In Keystage 1 geography is topic based as well as taught through stories, play activities and hands on experience.  In keystage 2 a topic based approach is supported by cross-curricular activities and use of the library.
  • Progression and continuity is achieved by pupils returning to themes where the work will become increasingly challenging as detailed in the National Curriculum.
  • First hand experience and practical work is used as frequently as possible.  Field trips particularly in the local area are used to develop geographical skills as well as use of the school environmental area.