Read more about the geography curriculum here:
Geography Curriculum Intent: To lay the foundations of knowledge and understanding to ensure that children become tolerant, confident and caring global citizens. We aim to inspire curiosity and fascination with the world around us and the world beyond our current experience. Children will develop a sense of identity based on their knowledge of the world and their place within it.
The Geography Curriculum: Our Vision
"The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together." - Barack Obama
Geography is packed with excitement and dynamism that synthesises aspects of the world and helps us to better understand its people, places and environments, and the interactions between them. Geography also helps us understand how and why places are changing, and to better imagine, predict and work towards, likely and preferred futures. Underpinning all of this is a strong spatial component that deepens our understanding of what places are like, why and how they are connected, and the importance of location.
At St Matthew's, Geography It is an enquiry led subject that seeks answers to fundamental questions such as:
It is also imperative that a geographer doesn’t just answer questions but also asks and debates them:
Geography draws on its vast range of vocabulary to identify and name places, the features within them and the human and physical processes at work there. Such core knowledge provides the building blocks of deeper explanation and understanding; providing entry points to geographical conversations about the world.
Geography is more than just core knowledge. Places are dynamic and often space is perceived, used and contested by people in many different ways. Geography seeks to understand how different views, values and perspectives influence and affect places and environments at different scales. It helps explain why places are changing, how they are interconnected and why patterns of inequality exist at both local and global scales.
Geography deals with the 'here and 'now' of real life and as such, is a vital 'living' subject that contributes to and enhances the wider curriculum.