“People are attracted to the study of geography for a range of reasons … For many, the initial fascination is aroused through an interest in places, their characteristics and variety. That appeal may be stimulated by direct experience of one or more places, by the study of documentary evidence such as maps or, increasingly, by exposure to places through visual media. Whatever the origin of the curiosity, however, the goal becomes the same: to appreciate the diversity which characterises the earth's surface, and to understand its origins.”- Johnston, 1996
Why teach Geography?
From a very early age young people have a curiosity about the world, a wonderful geographical imagination and an appreciation of the world's diversity. This link between the physical and the human is the unique strength of geography – it is the subject which helps students make sense of the world around them.
How do we teach Geography?
At Bude Primary Academy we teach Geography as a discrete subject which contributes to a wider project focus each half term. We use Curriculum Maestro across the school to ensure the Geography National Curriculum is covered in full, through innovative and engaging topics. The vast majority of our projects have a Geography aspect, and at least one half-termly project will have Geography at its core.
What difference does learning about Geography make?
- develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
- understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
- are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
- collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
- interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length