Geography is concerned with People, Places and Environments. At Athelstan we believe we should help children to gain an increased knowledge and understanding of the changing world in which we now all live and to help them become increasingly responsible, sympathetic and thoughtful young people as they grow and mature in a world of continuing change.
To stimulate children’s enthusiasm, interest and curiosity about their surroundings both near and far.
To create and foster in them a sense of wonder and imagination about the physical and natural world.
To create for them a sense of fascination about the diversity of cultures and lifestyles of others who share this world with us.
To inspire a sense of responsibility and care for the environments and peoples of the world, at all levels from local to global.
To consider some of the geographical issues which face the world today.
To develop spatial skills and use of maps, atlases, globes and other images of the real world.
To acquire and develop the skills and confidence to ask their own geographical questions when they undertake enquiries, investigations, problem-solving and decision-making activities and begin to accept some personal responsibility for their own learning and their contribution to collaborative working.
To increase and consolidate their knowledge and awareness of:-places and locations – developing their spatial awareness and their sense of what a place is like,features and process of the physical world, patterns of population and human activities,economic, cultural, social and political diversity in a variety of different places across the world,the effect of humans on physical and natural environments.
Teachers will: provide opportunities to develop first-hand experiences, encouraging exploration, observation, problem solving, prediction, critical thinking, decision making and discussion. They will share clear learning objectives with the children using a range of teaching styles to incorporate: direct teachingwhole class oral/mental sessionsgroup/paired workindividual work,engaging pupils in differentiated activities where appropriate. they will use a range of resources including ICT;integrate the teaching of Geography into a cross-curricular theme;wherever possible, arrange off-site visits and the use of visitors into the schoo and include a variety of cultures and gender into the teaching of Geography. they will monitor and assess during lessons to ensure understanding. This will often be informal, but will help to inform future planning and review children’s progress and attainment.