Geography

At Ashfield we believe that through Geography our children will learn:

  • About their local area and compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world.
  • How to draw and interpret maps and the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving.
  • Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, an appreciation of life in other cultures.
  • To find out about the physical world and recognise the importance of sustainable development for the future of mankind.
  • To be inspired and develop a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

 We aim:

  • To enable children to gain knowledge and understanding of places in the world;
  • To increase children’s knowledge of other cultures and, in so doing, teach a respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multi-cultural country;
  • To allow children to learn graphic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps;
  • To enable children to know and understand environmental problems at a local, regional and global level;
  • To encourage in children a commitment to sustainable development and an appreciation of what ‘global citizenship’ means;
  • To develop a variety of other skills, including those of enquiry, problem solving, ICT, investigation and how to present their conclusions in the most appropriate way.
  • To stimulate children’s interests in their surroundings and in the variety of human and physical conditions on the Earths surface.
  • To foster children’s sense of wonder at the beauty of the world around them.

We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our geography lessons. We believe in whole-class teaching methods and we combine these with enquiry-based research activities. We encourage children to ask as well as answer geographical questions. We offer them the opportunity to use a variety of data, such as maps, statistics, graphs, pictures, and aerial photographs, and we enable them to use it in geography lessons where this serves to enhance their learning. Wherever possible, we involve the children in ‘real’ geographical activities, e.g. research of a local environmental problem or use of the Internet to investigate a current issue.

Contribution to other subjects

Geography has a big contribution to make in other curriculum areas.

English

  • Reading, discussing, evaluating, analysing geographical texts.
  • Speaking and listening skills – Debates on environmental issues.
  • Recording information will develop children’s writing ability.

Maths

  • How to use a compass or compass point to navigate from one point to another.
  • Following directions using maps and coordinates.
  • Representing objects with maps.
  • The children study space, scale and distance and they learn how to use four- and six-figure grid references.
  • Using graphs to explore, analyse and illustrate a variety of data.

Science

  • Learn about the formation and development of rivers and the water cycle.
  • Seeing and experiencing the planets’ landscapes
  •  Learning about how different plants and features of the land can be used

Computing

  • To enhance skills in data handling and in presenting written work.
  • Research information through the Internet.
  • The opportunity to use the digital camera to record and use photographic images.

P.E.

  • Orienteering activities. Using maps, compasses and features of the land to navigate themselves around a course/environment.

PSCHE

  • Looking after our planet and the environments around them.
  • Developing tolerance and respect for those from other cultures and religions in the world around them.
  • Study the way people re-cycle material and how environments are changed for better or for worse.
  • Through teaching about contrasting localities, we help children to develop their knowledge and understanding of different cultures so that they learn to avoid stereotyping other people and acquire a positive attitude towards others.
  • Contributes to the children’s social development by teaching them about how society works to resolve difficult issues of economic development.
  • Contributes to the children’s appreciation of what is right and wrong by raising moral questions