At Mission Grove we believe that geography teaching and learning should be an enjoyable, creative, stimulating and magical experience for pupils and teachers alike. A high quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Geography is a subject packed with excitement and dynamism that synthesises aspects of the world and helps us to better understand its people, places and environments, and the interactions between them. Geography also helps us understand how and why places are changing, and to better imagine, predict and work towards, likely and preferred futures. Underpinning all of this is a strong spatial component that deepens our understanding of what places are like, why and how they are connected, and the importance of location.
It is an enquiry led subject that seeks answers to fundamental questions such as:
- Where is this place?
- What is it like? (And why?)
- How and why is it changing?
- How does this place compare with other places?
- How and why are places connected?
It is also imperative that a geographer doesn’t just answer questions but also asks and debates them:
- What could/should the world be like in the future?
- What can we do to influence change?
Geography deals with the 'here and 'now' of real life and as such, is a vital 'living' subject that contributes to and enhances the wider curriculum. Although geography can be taught alone, it also offers meaningful contexts for high- quality cross - curricular work.
We believe in developing this understanding by starting with the youngest children learning about their own community, and over the period of time that children are at Mission Grove, developing their awareness progressively into a global dimension. We consider that it is essential to start from the children's own experiences.
We believe in teaching geography via an understanding of the interaction between humans and their environment, and that comprehension of such concepts as interdependence, pollution and conservation are best achieved though hands-on experiences on fieldwork. We consider the short walks taken by the youngest children to be part of this programme of fieldwork as well as the longer journeys undertaken by older children. Fieldwork, through which pupils experience real world educational encounters, is also an important component of the geography curriculum.
In Key Stage 1 and 2, the National Curriculum programmes of study inform planning. Geography is largely taught thematically through a variety of topics. This allows the children to begin to use and apply a range of skills and knowledge in real contexts.
- To develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places
- Understand the processes that give rise to key human and physical features of the world
- To be competent in the collection, analysis and presentation of data in a number of ways
- To be confident in interpreting a range of sources, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems