By placing an emphasis on learning and understanding key geographical skills such as geographical study, fieldwork skills and map skills, we aim to inspire pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
We believe that through the acquisition of these skills, children can further develop their knowledge and understanding of places in their locality and throughout the wider world. 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.
In Early Years, children are introduced to map reading skills and make geographical comparisons as part of developing their awareness of the world around them.
In Key Stage 1 children explore their local geography, before moving onto comparing their locality with a contrasting country in the world – China. Both physical and human features are investigated and pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of key geographical vocabulary.
In Key Stage 2 children explore why people settle in different places and how these settlements grow. They learn about and investigate physical geography. They also explore local geography in great detail and the impact this has had on the development of Greater Manchester. A study of the diverse continent of Africa is used to look at a great variety of geographical features, settlements and animal habitats. Children also explore the sustainability of our planet and global environmental issues.