Our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Children investigate a range of places – both in Britain and abroad that include South America, Italy, Volcanoes, Earthquakes, the Water Cycle, Rivers and Mountains– to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes.
We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Wolverhampton so that they can develop of real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special. We also developing the children’s ability to apply geographical skills to enable to confidently communicate their findings and geographical understanding to a range of audiences.
Through high quality teaching, we develop the following essential characteristics of geographers:
*An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like, both in Britain and the wider world;
*An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary;
* Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills, as well as effective presentation techniques;
* The ability to reach clear conclusions and explain their findings;
* Fieldwork skills as well as other geographical aptitudes and techniques;
*The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current issues in society and the environment;
*A genuine interest in the subject and a real sense of curiosity about the world and the people who live here.
Our school is committed to an inclusive, creative and exciting curriculum, based around high quality teaching and learning along with positive learning behaviours. As part of our goal to become a ‘Rights-respecting School and further embed the ‘Respect for All’ ethos.
Geography provides children with a sense of the world around them. It gives children a context to refer to, not only in terms of their close surroundings but also on a more global scale. Children are able, through Geography, to develop knowledge of different places and environments and make comparisons with their own surroundings. Geographical study develops a greater understanding of other cultures and societies, which fosters empathy and prompts thoughts on responsibilities to other people and the environment. Through this they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their place in the world.
Essential skills are developed through Geography. Children have the opportunity to question, make observations, investigate, hypothesise and form opinions through geographical study. They gain practical skills for later life, such as map reading, drawing plans and collecting and recording data.
Environmental issues are increasingly relevant to our world and this is reflected in the study of Geography. There is a role for Geography to play in understanding environmental issues such as climate change and exploring ideas for managing a sustainable environment. We encourage the children to explore the Art of Brilliance principles of personal responsibility, goals and aspirations to understand how they can impact on the future of the planet.
Geography stimulates curiosity and imagination and we aim to build upon the child’s ‘personal geography’ by developing geographical skills, understanding and knowledge through studying places and themes. This subject encourages children to learn through experience particularly through fieldwork and practical activities, which will have a positive impact on childrens wellbeing.