Geography is concerned with the study of places, the human and physical processes which shape them and the people who live in them. It helps pupils make sense of their surroundings beginning with their immediate environment and extending to the wider world.






  • To help pupils develop a ‘sense of place’ through knowledge and understanding of where places are and what they are like, including an appreciation of the lifestyle of the inhabitants.
    • Undertake studies of places and themes in a progressive range of scales and diversity of contexts in different parts of the worl.d
    • Visit a variety of places so that they may share first hand sensory experiences.
    • Use a variety of up to date secondary sources which effectively communicate the nature of a variety of places.
    • Use plans, maps, atlases and globes to build a locational framework of the size and position of places and how they fit together.
    • Find out about a variety of real people’s lives through carefully chosen case studies.
  • To help pupils ‘make sense of places’ through applying understanding of the patterns and processes of physical and human geography.
    • Collect, sort and present data in diagrams and maps so that they may recognise and explain patterns and relationships within and between places.
    • Find out about physical and human geographical processes through their first hand geographical enquiries, through teacher exposition and through selected geographical texts and through audio/visual sources.
  • To help pupils develop skills and techniques to ‘find out about places’ through geographical enquiry.
    • Undertake studies which focus on geographical questions and carry out systematic geographical enquiries with an increasing degree of independence.
    • Undertake fieldwork using a variety of skills, instruments and techniques.
    • Make, use and interpret maps and plans at a variety of scales.
    • Use IT as an information source and to assist in handling, classifying and presenting evidence where possible.
  • To help pupils develop ‘informed concern’ about the environmental, social and political issues which influence places.
    • Undertake studies that focus on the way environmental, social and political issues have influenced the character of places and continue to influence the way places are changing.
    • Engage in learning activities, for example role play, which explore the significance of people’s beliefs, values and attitudes, and how these affect their response to the way places are changing, on the geography of the world in which they live.
    • Focus on the importance of evidence when drawing conclusions about enquiries or arguing a point of view about an issue.
    • Engage in learning activities which reinforce the development of positive values and attitudes towards other people and towards the world on which they depend.


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