Geography is a subject packed with excitement and dynamism that looks at aspects of the world and helps us to better understand its people, places and environments, and the interactions between them. Geography also helps us understand how and why places are changing, and to better imagine, predict and work towards, likely and preferred futures.
Geography is an enquiry led subject that seeks answers to fundamental questions such as:
- Where is this place?
- What is it like? (And why?)
- How and why is it changing?
- How does this place compare with other places?
- How and why are places connected?
It is also important that a geographer doesn’t just answer questions but also asks and debates them:
- What could/should the world be like in the future?
- What can we do to influence change?
Geography draws on its vast range of vocabulary to identify and name places, the features within them and the human and physical processes at work there. At Yorkley, vocabulary is a high priority throughout the school and subjects.
Geography deals with the ‘here and ‘now’ of real life and as such, is a vital ‘living’ subject that contributes to and enhances the wider curriculum. Although geography can be taught alone, it also offers meaningful contexts for high- quality cross – curricular work, as noted by Ofsted and valued at Yorkley!
Many of the ‘memorable moments’ of a child’s primary school education come from the first-hand, hands-on experiences of being a geographer. The inclusion of fieldwork is an essential element that enables pupils to connect with a place, community or environment and it doesn’t even have to be beyond walking distance.
Key Stage 1:
Pupils should develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They should understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.
Key Stage 2:
Pupils should extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They should develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.
Where in the World is Bones?
Meet ‘Bones’ our adorable travelling dog who enjoys going on trips, journeys and holidays with the children and staff of Yorkley School. Children are encouraged to take photos and write letters and diary entries during the school holidays. So far , Bones has travelled to Spain, Croatia, Australia and even Alton Towers.
Unfortunately Bones has decided to retire but we have a new keen and eager travelling dog. Please let your class teacher know if you want our new companion to join you on your holidays!
Our Global Community Board:
Here at Yorkley we are continually trying to demonstrate how we fit in with the wider global community. We have displayed food items that show the FairTrade logo and show on a map where they were grown in the world.
We have a fantastic children’s newspaper which always reports about things happening in the world, this is also on display each week to focus in on local and global issues.
We have an elected Eco committee which looks at issues that affect us locally and world wide. This group of children discuss and debate ways in which they, the school or the community could help.
If you have any ideas or want to help out with the Eco committee please talk to Mrs. Payne.