Geography supports spiritual development by providing children with the opportunities to appreciate the natural world, both its human and physical features. At Corrie we hope to inspire a sense of awe and wonder in pupils about the world in which we live in. Geography supports moral development by encouraging children to debate moral issues and consider different viewpoints, for example the pollution of rivers. We believe that educating children about our environment will foster a sense of responsibility to look after our planet and encourage pupils to think about the contribution they could make towards its sustainability. Geography supports social development through the study of real people in different societies around the world.Children work in Kagan groups which allows them to develop social skills by working as a team to collaborate on activities, solve problems and debate geographical issues. Geography supports cultural development through the study of real people and real places. Children learn about the characteristics of their local area and contrast where they live with other places around the world. By studying different countries, it allows children to develop an appreciation of the diverse world in which we live in.
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.