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1, Intent


The Geography curriculum is designed to give all students the confidence and experience to help challenge ideas, provoke debate and provide ideas and answers to questions about the world in which we live; investigating human and physical strands of this multi-faceted subject. This will enable students to become global citizens and have the cultural literacy to be role models for the future and set a trail for others to emulate. Considering themes such as sustainability, development and climate change in their everyday lives.

Geography offers the opportunity to study a range of topics that investigate the physical processes of our planet, human societies and the economic and environmental challenges within the local, national and global context. This gives children the confidence to interact with the wider world, leading to fulfilled and positive life experiences. The curriculum encourages students to ask questions, develop critical thinking skills, and layer a deeper understanding of complex concepts as the course navigates through the curriculum. Geographical skills are embedded within units of work throughout all key stages. Children develop their use of world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans, map, skills. Fieldwork enquiries enable students to apply their skills, knowledge and understanding within both human and physical Geography. Ensuring they leave with a solid foundation across a wide range of themes and ideas.

Geography at our school centres on giving children an understanding of the world we live in, through provoking and providing answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of our world. At Shinfield children are constantly encouraged to develop a deeper appreciation and familiarity of our world, as well as their place within it. The geography curriculum enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas. Geography is an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. When teaching geography, we aim to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and people within it. We strive to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, alongside a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.Through our frequent Eco sessions children gain access to issues of sustainability, and our impact on the environment. This also allows opportunities for regular fieldwork and observational skills within the schools grounds and in their surrounding environment.