At St Chad’s, we share a common belief that geography should encourage children’s fascination about the world and its people and develop a sense of place in their local community, country and the wider world. We aim to ensure that all pupils, gain knowledge of globally significant places, and an understanding of the processes that affect both the physical and human world, through developing a range of geographical skills.
At St Chad’s, through our geography curriculum, we foster a sense of awe and wonder about the natural world. For example, the whole school are involved in several nature and eco – days where children carry out fieldwork studies, which allow them to make links with other subjects, such as science, art, maths, English and Religious Education.
Children at St Chad’s are further provided with opportunities to experience geography in “the real world”, by carrying out fieldwork studies of the local area and contrasting areas, such as Thornbury, Weston-Super-Mare and London.
At St Chad’s, we believe that geography promotes the understanding that we have a collective responsibility to look after our planet. Through the Eco-school initiative, children throughout the school have a growing awareness of environmental issues affecting the planet both on a local and global scale. For example, children in year 5 and 6 have been studying the recent and ongoing issues that affect the Amazon Rainforest. By taking part in national campaigns, such as “Switch off Fortnight” and the “Big Battery Hunt”, children develop an understanding of how their actions can have both a positive and negative impact on our world. Children’s participation in eco-school committee meetings develops a sense of democracy and allows them to have ownership of school projects, such as purchasing a new bin for the playground.
As our physical and social world is continually changing, we believe that it is important to equip children with geographical knowledge, understanding and skills that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.