Geography is a rich and diverse subject that gives children the opportunity to learn about diverse places, people, resources, environments and the effect of mankind. It inspires curiosity and fascination about the world from an early age. By studying the beauty of Earth, we can fascinate, inspire and create globally aware pupils. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills.
Whilst the importance of geographical knowledge is recognised, we also enable children to become lifelong geographers who have the skills and attitudes to continue to appreciate the world around them. Throughout the Geography curriculum at The River Wye Federation, children will learn the Earth’s key physical and human processes. They will deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and how this affects landscapes and environments. Many contemporary challenges – climate change, food security, energy choices – cannot be understood without a geographical perspective.
We also understand that Geography has many links with a language. Pupils are taught to communicate and decipher information by using maps, images of people and place, numerical data and graphical modes of communication, and getting to grips with the geographic information systems (GIS) that underpin our lives, make geographers skillful and employable. They will also develop important geographical skills, such as being able to use a compass and four figure grid references to describe a location.
We spend focus time at Forest School. This enhances their understanding of the environment and eco-systems. Children often ask fascinating questions about the environment and become familiar with key vocabulary of the natural world.