Geography education inspires pupils’ curiosity, understanding and fascination about the world they live in and its people. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world helps them to deepen their understanding of the relationships between physical and human world, including the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provides the framework to explain how the Earth’s features are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
Fieldwork is at the centre of the Geography curriculum. In the early Years and Key Stage 1 we aim to give the children some understanding of their local area and to develop simple geographical skills such as direction, drawing plans and developing maps with keys. The children also learn about key features of the UK and different types of environments. They may carry out a local traffic survey, making observations about different types of traffic and their impact on the locality, use stories to learn about contrasting locations and compare the life with that in Croxley Green or visit seaside locations to compare landscapes.
In Key Stage 2 the children study topics such as weather around the world or how pollution affects the environment. Where possible, links are made between History and Geography, e.g. local history and landscapes. Children study rivers and the supply of water around the world.
Classes carry out research and study a wide variety of maps using the Internet. They are taught how to use map references and develop an understanding of compass directions through orienteering in the school grounds.