Purpose of study
At Markyate School we want our children to understand their place in the world and create a sense of awe and wonder about the world that surrounds us.
We will equip 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. The Geography Curriculum enables children to develop geographical knowledge and skills, including using maps, globes, aerial photographs and digital mapping to name and identify countries, continents and oceans, as well as collecting and analysing data. Geography allows children to begin to develop their sense of place alongside asking questions, observing, investigating and thinking critically about issues that are affecting people around the world now and in the future.
The National Curriculum for Geography aims to:
- develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes.
- teach an understanding of the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
- teach children how to collect, analyses and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes.
- teach children to interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- develop the ability to communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
These aims are taught within three main geographical areas of study:
- Human Geography
- Physical Geography
- Fieldwork and Map Reading
What Geography Looks like in our school