The study of Geography allows pupils to learn about different countries, languages and cultures, giving them a greater perspective on the world around them, as well as their local community. It enables pupils to develop a greater sense of place and space in the world, enabling them to engage with international matters, multicultural concerns and environmental issues. The knowledge and skills developed in Geography are also transferable to many other areas of the school curriculum, including art, maths and literacy.
At St Barnabas and St Paul’s, the geography curriculum provides children with skills which will enable them to navigate their way through life. Pupils will learn important information about the four home countries that make up the UK and discover why we have counties. We will look closely at the city of London, exploring why London is geographically an important part of the UK, while also investigating why millions of Londoners need to use the tube to get around and how to use a tube map. In the wider world, pupils will come to understand how and why natural disasters, such as bushfires and earthquakes occur, and what impact they have on the world.
‘The study of geography is about more than just memorising 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.’ – President Barack Obama