"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." - Barrack Obama
At Meole Brace, we pride ourselves on a rich and engaging Geography curriculum which empowers every child to understand their world, their role within it and the responsibilities of this role. It enables our children to grow as global citizens and to learn to appreciate and respect the beauty, as well as the fragility, of the world in which they live.
Starting in EYFS and throughout their school career, our children develop all areas of their geographical knowledge with the curriculum carefully designed to enable clear progression in knowledge and skills from lesson to lesson, term to term and year to year. Cross curricular links are exploited at every opportunity, providing our children with a range of exciting, engaging and meaningful contexts in which to revisit, develop, embed and apply their knowledge. Our children are continuously encouraged to ‘Think Geographically’, asking and answering questions about the world around them and making use of their knowledge to allow them to reason and explain their ideas.
Curiosity and fascination about the world are fostered through the study of diverse places, people and resources and natural and human environments. In developing their understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes, our children also begin to explore how these elements work in a delicate balance together, shaping and creating environments and contributing to how they change over time. Place knowledge is cumulative and comparative and lies at the heart of our geography curriculum, with children initially learning about and exploring their local environment, before exploring the wider world and drawing their knowledge together to enable them to make meaningful comparisons between life in their local area with that in other areas of the UK and in the rest of the world.
Geographical skills are brought to life through a range of real-life contexts and form part of the daily routines in each classroom. By making observations, collecting and analysing data and presenting their findings, children are able to see and appreciate geography in action and to begin to understand its ever evolving nature.
The impact of Geography at Meole Brace is that our children are enthused by the subject. They know more, remember more and do more, enabling them to become geographical experts and readying them for the next stage of education and life as a socially responsible adult in the wider world.
To learn more about our Geography curriculum, including the progression and sequencing of children's learning as they move up through the school, please explore the Geography Subject Handbook.