In Geography lessons our children gain an understanding of places and environments. At St Aidan’s children learn about their local area and compare their lives here with those in other regions of the United Kingdom and the rest of the world. The children learn how to draw and interpret maps. They develop a range of investigative and problem-solving skills.
As children study geography, they encounter different societies and cultures. It can inspire them to think about their own place in the world, their values and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment. Embedded in our geography teaching, as it is in the ethos of the school, is an emphasis on the importance of sustainability for the future of mankind. Geography teaching begins in the Foundation Stage and is covered in one of the Specific Areas of Learning entitled ‘Understanding the World’. Planning for this subject is closely related to the Early Learning Goals, which develops a child’s knowledge and understanding of people and communities where by children ‘know of similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions’. Children will also begin to look at ‘The World’ and learn about similarities and differences in relation to ‘places, objects, materials and living things’.
As the children move into KS1 they begin to investigate the school environment and the local area in more detail. Field work is an integral part of our Geography teaching and we get all children to carry out investigations into the local environment; we take the children on local area walks where they look closely at the shops and services they find there.
In KS2 the children begin to look at other countries around the world, comparing and contrasting them with their own area. Children in Year 5 also have the opportunity to visit their pen- pals in Paris for the day, where they learn about the country and culture of France and have the opportunity to practice their skills of speaking a Modern Foreign Language.
In year 6 the children visit Pendarren Education Centre in Wales. The children take part in river studies, map making and orienteering activities. During their time at Pendarren the children compare the locality of Llangenny, Powys with our local area of Stroud Green. All the children’s experiences are recorded and analysed on their return to school and this culminates in a rich and exciting sharing assembly for parents and carers.