“Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?”
By the end of a child’s journey at Beanfield, they will have experienced a broad range of activities, thus acquiring a curiosity and fascination about our ever-changing world and its people. To equip our students to become problem solvers of the future, our teaching provides pupils with knowledge about places and people; resources in the environment; physical and human processes; formation and use of landscapes and the impact of human involvement on the environment. We want children to enjoy and love learning about geography by gaining knowledge about the world and their place in it, as well as encouraging a passion about the future of our planet and the changes we can make.
Geography lessons are linked to the wider topic for each year group and sequences of lessons build up over several weeks to enable children to develop their knowledge and skills in a logical way. Children are given the opportunity to develop their interest in the subject through the study of physical geography, human geography and the environment. Lessons include activities which will develop skills in map reading, collection of data and measurement. Fieldwork is an important focus here at Beanfield where we agree with a quote from Scoffham and Owens that “Fieldwork is the crown jewel of geography…it is best learnt through the soles of
your feet.” This is why we encourage our children where possible to make first hand observations and to look critically at sources of information through fieldwork and educational visits which enrich their understanding, for example walks around our school environments, our local community and trips further afield. Through fieldwork and discussion, we want our children to grow into people of our society who care for and want to retain our wonderful environment both locally and globally.