Subject Leader: K.Just
We are lucky to have beautiful grounds which are being developed to explore and support our learning at St. Mary’s. We make use of our outdoor area as often as possible to support and enhance our teaching and learning in geography. Geography allows us to think about how the world is changing, and how we, as humans, are impacting upon these changes. By the time we leave St. Mary’s, we are able to answer 'big questions' in geography and make links between all that we have learnt over our time at our school. We learn about human and physical geography of a wide variety of places, learn to read and use maps and are taken on a journey around the world through our time at St. Mary’s.
At St Mary’s, we believe that Geography helps to provoke and answer questions about the natural and human world, encouraging children to develop a greater understanding of their world and their place and responsibilities within it. Geography helps children to develop a range of investigation and problem-solving skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can be used to promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills and feeds a child’s natural curiosity. We seek to inspire in children curiosity and fascination about the world in which they live, and its people, which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote children’s interest and understanding about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We aim to ensure children are aware of topical geographical issues, the importance of sustainability and human action upon our world and armed with this knowledge debate and make decisions about how they choose to live.