At Mevagissey School we teach Geography so that children can understand the world, its environments and places near and far, and the processes that create and affect them. We aim to encourage a rounded appreciation of how the world works and of the interconnections between concepts such as scale, community, cultural diversity, interdependence and sustainability.
We understand that Geography is an umbrella subject that contextualises extends the possibilities for developing and applying language and mathematics, and enriches the children’s understanding of subjects from science and history to art and design.
As a required curriculum subject, it is important that geography is not only given appropriate time, equivalent to at least its hour a week, but is also identified clearly and taught effectively. At Mevagissey School we teach our Geography curriculum through our topic work and deliver it from our cornerstones curriculum. We feel this allows children to get a rich understanding of Geography whilst making links with other curriculum areas.
Through the teaching and learning of Geography in our school we are providing rich, broad and balanced learning for children and opportunities for them to apply and adapt their learning for other subjects – we must be clear to the children about just what geography is and why it is important to learn. Through active engagement in Geography lessons, children are enabled to learn not only about the world but also how it works, how it fits together and how to make a difference and become positive contributors to it.
By the end of Key Stage One, pupils should develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They should understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their location awareness.
By the end of Key Stage One, pupils should develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They should understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.
By the end of Key Stage Two, pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They should develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their location and place knowledge.