By the end of their journey at St Dunstan’s, each child will have experienced a broad range of activities, thus acquiring a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about places and people; resources in the environment; physical and human processes; formation and use of landscapes and the impact of human involvement on the environment. We want children to enjoy and love learning about geography by gaining knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.
“Geography is amazing and I do learn a lot more from it than I did last year” Rocco 5E
"Geography is actually getting more interesting and we are learning different interesting things” Isioma 5E
The key skills that children need is to know this difference between explain and describe. They must be able to interpret their local area. Why is it like this?
For children to begin to build an understanding of their own locality and to use geographical enquiry and investigative skills to interpret their surroundings. Geography must be tangible and ‘real-life’ in order to foster interest and excitement about the subject. The ability to describe and explain will be explicitly taught so that children are able to interpret and share their knowledge accurately.
Geography will be taught as a discrete subject but will also incorporate global topics such as pollution, conservation, citizenship and migration. The children will begin to understand their place in the wider world and how they came to be where they are. Key knowledge will be repeated each year in order to consolidate understanding and children will be given opportunities to take part in field work and practical activities in order to develop their geographical enquiry and investigation skills. Children will be able to explain and describe geographical knowledge/features and this skill will continue to be taught throughout the key stage in order to ensure that it is embedded throughout the school.