Statement of Intent: Geography
At St Peter’s Catholic Primary, we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum at St Peter’s Catholic Primary enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas, making connections and comparisons, which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops and understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; 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. We encourage our children to become ‘active’ learners and to develop core values of perseverance and creative and critical thinking skills; this is at the heart of our learning. The curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at St Peter’s Catholic Primary and also to their further education and beyond.
At St Peter’s Catholic Primary School we aim:
- To provide a range of geographical experiences, both in and out of the classroom, which encourage children to build interest and enjoyment, knowledge, understanding and confidence, as well as allowing them to achieve to the maximum of their potential in the subject.
- To foster a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world in which they live and develop a sense of place.
- To develop their geographical vocabulary and a range of skills and apply them in an increasing range of situations to carry out geographical enquiry and to interpret geographical information.
- To communicate geographical information in a variety of ways.
- To become familiar with their own surroundings and extend their interest, knowledge and understanding of contrasting localities in Britain, Europe and the wider world.
- To develop knowledge and understanding of the human and physical processes and patterns which shape places and extend this to an appreciation of interconnections within and between different places.
- To adopt an enquiring approach to the world around them, developing in their ability to formulate appropriate questions, research, handle data and draw conclusions.
- To appreciate similarity and difference in the world around them, having empathy for the lives of others and respect for others’ beliefs, attitudes and values.
- To enhance their sense of responsibility for the care of the earth and its people.
- To develop a simple understanding of environmental sustainability and how they can be actively involved in living as sustainably as possible.