Statement of Intent: Geography
Geography should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world around us and the people within it. At Burhill Primary School, the teaching of geography equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
As a discipline, geography consists of three key areas of focus: the physical properties of the Earth's surface and atmosphere; the human societies spread around the world and the interaction between the two. Geography teaching at Burhill strives to give pupils a deep appreciation of all three so that they have the cultural capital and knowledge needed to become responsible global citizens.
The geography curriculum at Burhill Primary School enables pupils to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can and are used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Essentially, geography is about studying people; where they live and our relationship with the environment. Therefore, we can develop children’s spiritual development by providing children with the opportunities to reflect on their own values and beliefs and those of others.
Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. Practical fieldwork therefore forms an important part of pupil’s learning. Teachers provide opportunities for pupils to follow lines of enquiry, through which pupils become competent at collecting, analysing and communicating data. Outdoor learning opportunities are used for fieldwork to be purposeful and to allow pupils to question, investigate and analyse data.