- At Chesterfield, we want our children to love geography. It is our intent to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people and enable children to express well-balanced opinions about current issues affecting society and the environment locally, nationally and globally.
- Through their work in geography, children learn about their local area and compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. They learn how to draw and interpret maps and they develop the skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem-solving.
- Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures.
- Through our geography teaching we aim to motivate children to find out about the physical world and enable them to recognise the importance of sustainable development for the future. As a subject, geography impacts upon every aspect of our children’s lives and plays a crucial role in developing caring and understanding citizens of tomorrow.
- We deliberately foster strong links between our geography and PHSE curriculum, British Values and SMSC development as the children begin to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the diversity of societies and the relationships between different groups.
- As our pupils progress, we hope that they grow into well-equipped citizens, who are both knowledgeable and empathetic about the world around them, with an understanding of key geographical concepts and skills and an awareness of the connections that exist between people and places. This will contribute to the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- Inline with our curriculum driver, developing aspirations and possibilities for all, we want children to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be cartographers, town planners, conservationists or weather forecasters. Our curriculum drivers of oracy, emotional intelligence and aspirations shape every aspect of geography, are embedded in teaching and learning and develop the child as a whole.
- Our geography curriculum is designed to inspire children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people through themes called the ‘Learning Quest’.
The Learning Quest approach helps children to make connections and make learning relevant and meaningful whilst consolidating learning in different areas. Children follow a learning journey for each geography quest, which starts with an enquiry question. They then work towards being able to answer this question, giving their learning purpose. Children investigate and communicate their findings to the question using a variety of media: through English, drama, art and ICT.