WELCOME TO GEOGRAPHY AT PERTON FIRST SCHOOL
“You can travel the seas, poles and deserts and see nothing. To really understand the world you need to get under the skin of the people and places. In other words, learn about geography. I can’t imagine a subject more relevant in schools.”
Michael Palin, 2008
At Perton First we teach children will have a sense of identity through understanding where they are in the world and how they are linked to other places. We wish to celebrate the similarities between ourselves and others, not only in our locality but across the world. We also want children to also have an understanding of their responsibility to our planet and its inhabitants, including how they can best look after it.
Purpose of Study
A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
Through the teaching of Geography at Perton First School we aim to:
- Help pupils develop a sense of identity through learning about their local area, the United Kingdom and the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine
- Stimulate children’s interest in their surroundings and in the variety of human and physical conditions on the Earth’s surface, in order to develop an informed concern about the future of our planet
- Develop a sense of responsibility for the earth and its inhabitants
- Foster children’s sense of wonder at the beauty of the world around them
- Develop competency 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 numerical, maps and written work
Although the word ‘Geography’ is not stated within the EYFS Curriculum it is covered under the Specific Area ‘Understanding of the World’. The children explore places, people, communities and the world including looking at similarities, differences and change.
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.
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 locational and place knowledge.
Primary Geography Quality Mark
We are proud to have been awarded the Primary Geography Quality Mark
At Perton First we are proud to have a link with the Charity ‘Project Gambia’ who we regularly support.
Please visit the National Curriculum for more detailed information.