‘Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future ’
Why Geography matters to us at Preston Park
At Preston Park children will become geographers; exploring, discovering and making sense of the world around them.
Geography learning at Preston Park is packed with enthusiasm and dynamism and helps the children to better understand the world and its people, places and environments.
Our curriculum aim is to maximise the potential of all pupils. Our Geography curriculum map is designed to ensure coverage of the National Curriculum, make cross curricular links with a range of subjects and incorporates current global events. Our curriculum offers meaningful contexts for high quality cross-curricular learning which forms part of Preston Park’s creative curriculum. We go beyond delivering the core knowledge and provide the building blocks of deeper understanding through discussions, investigations and visits to the wider community.
Our aims are:
- To inspire pupils’ curiosity about the world around them.
- To ensure children leave Preston Park with the locational knowledge of their community and the world around them.
- To develop children’s geographical skills including the reading of ordinance survey maps, aerial photographs, globes and digital mapping.
- To develop the children’s understanding of how the human and physical geography of the world around them has changed over time.
- To become confident, motivational leaders to inspire others and ensure a sustainable future for all.
What’s in it for me?
The learning of Geography will not only inspires you about the wonderous world that surrounds us but teaches us the importance of preserving the people, animals and environments of our world for a sustainable future. Geography deepens your knowledge about the different cultures that makes up our society, the rare and unique animals and diverse environments of planet Earth.
Global awareness, problem-solving and communication are key attributes of a 21st Century learner, that is explicitly taught through Preston Park’s Geography lessons, as the children have wider experiences which unlock their potential in these areas. They will learn to become self-directed, innovative and collaborative as they work on issues such as sustainability and preservation of the natural world. Having the confidence and independence to be a voice for change, through this subject, can impact their future outcomes and the outcomes of the wider world.
You will find the answers to questions such as:
- Why is climate change a global issue?
- What if the world had no rainforests?
- How does the environment support the lives of people and other living things?
How we teach Geography effectively
To ensure our pupils leave Preston Park with the skills they require for further education and later life, we have created a progressive curriculum throughout the school. Geography is taught on a termly basis and is taught as a stand-alone lesson as well as implemented throughout a range of cross curricular subjects. This may include extended pieces of writing in English, map reading skills in Mathematics and comparing aerial photographs to determine the changes of an environment within the last century in History.
We provide ample opportunities for learning outside the classroom which is crucial to the implementation of geography skills and knowledge. Children attend visits to the local community to conduct fieldwork and investigations, instilling a love of learning and curiosity about their environment. We also provide enrichment opportunities including visits from key speakers and high-quality workshops.
Future careers in Geography
Geography education could provide exciting career opportunities such as:
- Environmental lawyer
- Landscape architect
- KS1 BBC Bitesize Geography - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zcdqxnb
- KS1 Geography Quizzes - https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks1/geography/
- KS2 BBC Bitesize Geography - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zbkw2hv
- KS2 Geography Quizzes - https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/geography/
- Oddizzi - https://www.oddizzi.com/
- National Geographic - https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
- Ordinance Survey - https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/
- Google Earth - https://www.google.co.uk/intl/en_uk/earth/