At Dubmire, we believe that the study of Geography stimulates an interest and a sense of wonder about places. It helps young learners to make sense of a dynamically changing world, as it inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world in which we live.
Our approach to the teaching of Geography equips 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 will 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 aims of teaching Geography at Dubmire are:
- To develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – including their defining physical and human characteristics.
- To understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world.
- To provide opportunities to enable children to be competent in the geographical skills needed to: collect, analyse and communicate data, interpret a range of sources of geographical information and to communicate geographical information in a variety of ways.
At present we are implementing the new curriculum for Geography. Much of the content within the new curriculum remains the same as the previous curriculum although some new elements have been included. They include identifying seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and within hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the equator and the North and South Poles. Location knowledge of places across the world now focuses on Russia and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities. In addition to this, a knowledge of position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circles, climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts are also new key aspects.
Where possible, Geography is taught within the year group topic sometimes becoming the main driver. However, where links cannot be made, it is taught as a stand-alone lesson.