The understanding of Geography provides children with the understanding the world in which we live. At St Anne's we have invested in using materials from the Cornerstones Curriculum to help us to develop a comprehensive and exciting curriculum to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and people within it; to promote the children's interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth's key physical and human processes.
Important aspects of the subject include:
Locational knowledge: learning about the world’s continents, oceans and countries and how to locate places on a map. This area of study also includes children learning about their local area and the wider world and developing an awareness of the different cultures, traditions and environments of different places.
Physical geography: learning about the natural features of the Earth, including mountains, rivers, volcanoes, oceans and coastlines. This area of study also includes children learning about climate and weather patterns and how these impact the natural world and human activity.
Human geography: learning about human activity and how people interact with the environment. This area of study includes children learning about topics such as population, settlement and land use while developing an understanding of how humans impact the natural world.
Geographical skills: learning the skills needed to carry out practical tasks such as map reading, data analysis and fieldwork techniques. This area of study includes children learning to use different types of maps, atlases and digital resources.
There is also a large range of cross curricular opportunities, such as science, art and mathematics. For example, children might investigate the impact of climate change on the seasons in science or explore landscapes through drawing and painting in art.
Over time the children will develop skills and knowledge that will inform and help them express well balanced arguments and take part in discussions about current issues facing society and the environment. In turn, this will help children form their own opinions and develop a social consciousness about how they want to live their own lives in the future.