Hi, I am Miss Foulstone- Year 3 Class Teacher and Geography coordinator.
At Mansfield Primary Academy, we aim to make Geography topical, challenging but most of all fun! We believe Geography is an essential subject to help build our children's understanding of the world. Our curriculum has been designed using the Essentials Curriculum, so that children of all abilities and with a range of needs can: Investigate places, investigate patterns and communicate geographically. We aim to support our children by building on their previous learning and embed a love of learning for the subject. We do this by having inviting, engaging and thought provoking lessons, with chances to recap and revisit previous learning, as well as organising out of school visits to expand our knowledge of the local area and encourage our children to become learners who want to explore and find out more.
PURPOSE OF STUDY
A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. 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 should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
- understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
- are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
- collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
- interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.