At St David`s we understand the importance of developing children`s knowledge and understanding of the world`s diverse, people, places and environments.
We build children's understanding of geography through well sequenced, language rich lessons taught in the classroom, outside in our school grounds and within our local community. Enrichment opportunities are planned to develop children`s understanding of geography in a real-life context. This year the children have had the opportunity to explore their local area through various trips. At St David's the children are taught to develop their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the world’s diverse people, places and environments. Our geography consists of the study of the Earth itself (physical geography), and of its people (human geography). The study of human geography builds tolerance and respect for people around the world, helping children to understand the interconnected nature of our planet. Studying the physical geography of the planet helps children to appreciate the wonder of our natural world and to understand the environmental issues that we now face.
St David’s geography curriculum is comprised of three key concepts:
Investigating places: understanding the location and the physical and human features of a variety of places including their local area and around the world. Children will learn about and compare where they live to life in a number of places around the world. Children enjoy learning about other places but also develop a deeper understanding and respect for people who might be different from them.
Investigating patterns: children will learn about natural processes, the relationships between people and the world’s physical features, the impacts of human activity, and the use and distribution of natural resources. Through these lessons, children learn about the complex web of life on our planet. They will develop a deeper understanding of the environmental issues facing our world and become empowered to be caretakers of the environment.
Communicating geographically: including foundational skills such as using maps, learning geographical vocabulary to talk about the natural world, and using a variety of data collecting strategies to undertake investigations of their own. These strategies will encourage children to become critical thinkers and will promote life-long skills.
Teachers use age-appropriate skills & knowledge progression to ensure that learning is progression documents to ensure the learning is progressive throughout the school.
Children are taught to be inquisitive, explore and investigate in all areas of geography.
-Teachers assess learning at the end of units to measure progress and attainment.
Key geographical vocabulary is taught throughout the units to help children have a better understanding of geography.
Children are taught map, compass, and grid work skills to deepen their learning experience
A thorough foundation in geography helps the children at St David's grow to be responsible global citizens who respect and care for the planet and the people around them. Through engagement with global issues, children can make choices that can improve the world.