From the moment we are born, it is our instinct to explore our world around us with all our senses.
At St. Augustine’s we want our children to have a curiosity and fascination of the world that will stay with them through their lives. We understand how it has never been more important for children to have a comprehensive global understanding of our world and the peoples and cultures that inhabit it. Through this understanding, children will develop respect for the physical world and the vast scope of cultures that make up our diverse planet.
We aim to develop our children’s interest in a variety of physical and human environments in the wider world by expanding horizons beyond their local community. Opportunities to use a range of investigative and problem solving skills inside the classroom will be rooted in each topic area. These skills will also be put into practice outside the classroom through local field work and exciting educational visits.
Our primary focus is for all children to have a deeper understanding of the world, people, places and environments and how they are changing over time.
To be successful geographers children should:
- Be engaged and enjoy geography
- think of their own questions
- search for their own answers
- talk, watch, and listen to people, animals, plants, and places
- think about who they are and the effects of their actions on the rest of the world.
- Be able to use maps effectively to locate and identify themselves and locations further away.
- Be able to physically read and follow maps to travel from one place to another eg. Orienteering.
The Geography curriculum at St Augustine’s is primarily linked to topics wherever possible. Each topic studied in Geography is based around an enquiry question. Whilst the school has adopted a topic approach, it also protects discrete Geography objectives; linking Geography with other subjects as and where this is appropriate.
At St. Augustine’s, we believe in the importance of educational visits and understand how out of school learning is important to our pupils, ensuring that children’s learning is engaging, relevant and memorable. Our local area is also fully utilised, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice.
Our fantastic map work from Year 5
Year 6 using our local area to help them with their own map skills.
Some useful links:
Geography games for children –