Geography is the study of places, the human and physical processes which shape them and their inhabitants. It helps children to understand their immediate surroundings and the world beyond.
Children explore their local area, finding out about the use of land and buildings, also work and leisure activities and how goods and services are provided. They then use this knowledge to compare and contrast with other localities in the U.K. and the world beyond. The children use direct experience visiting the locality in the U.K. but also use videos, books, maps and oral accounts together with plans and photographs. The study of weather and climate is also part of the Geography curriculum.
Through the study of this subject the children develop geographical skills and knowledge thus encouraging them to develop a sense of identity and affinity with the world they live in. Citizenship, Economic and Industrial Understanding, Environmental education and Education for Sustainability are a part of Geography. In order to allow sufficient time for each subject, History and Geography are usually taught alternately. 1 term History, next term Geography. Geography is taught in every class, following the guidelines of the National Curriculum and again will often be the basis for Topic Learning.