Geography is essentially about understanding the world we live in. Our vision at Moor Hall Primary School is to inspire pupils to with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its inhabitants – something that will remain with them throughout their lives. At Moor Hall, we aim to provide meaningful and exciting learning opportunities which resonate with children’s prior knowledge and experiences from home, family, and social contexts. These learning opportunities will include securing a knowledge of a diverse range of geographical regions both in the United Kingdom, Europe and the wider world enabling pupils to develop knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge should deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes.
We will also provide opportunities to investigate and enquire about our local area – this in turn will help children to develop their understanding of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique.
Our geography curriculum enables children to develop knowledge and skills that they are able to transfer to other curriculum areas.Geography encourages children to be curious: to ask questions, build on their enquiry skills and in turn provide answers to these questions. Geography is an investigative subject, one which requires an open mind and to communicate information through a variety of ways – pupils should have the confidence and ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain findings.
Geography is an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. Pupils will build on their map reading skills, progressing to being able to read a wide range of maps, and use all of these skills to collect and analyse data through a range of ways including field work.
Pupils should have the ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and the environment.
We ultimately want the children to have a love of geographical learning and of the world we live in – gaining high quality teaching both inside and outside the classroom. As the future generation, who are responsible for our planet, we want our children at Moor Hall to have a sense of respect and responsibility for our world that we live in.
As Barack Obama says:
“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.”
This is exactly what we hope to achieve: that our children feel confident and responsible to ensure that everyone is brought together and that we celebrate our diverse world.
We want our children at Moor Hall to have the imagination and creativity to express their learning. We want them to be explorers, love the world we live in and for this passion to go beyond the realms of their time at Moor Hall primary school and to be rooted within them for the rest of their lives.