'Geography underpins a lifelong "conversation" about the earth as the home of humankind.'
Geography at St Michael & St Martin
We perceive Geography to be an essential part of children’s education, in the development of their thinking and learning skills, enabling them to develop a sense of personal identity and an understanding and respect for other cultures and points of view.
Our geography topics inspire pupils to build curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should 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. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
As a school, we support and encourage the children to make connections between the topics taught and how this can influence their lives and the world around them. We have now introduced a ‘Big Question’ for each topic to ensure the children explore and research an area of a topic in depth. We believe this will enthuse and inspire the pupils to be inquisitive, independent learners.
We are fortunate in having themed weeks/days and extra-curricular activities to embed the children’s learning in and out of a classroom setting. These experiences are made possible by the support of our parents and community, and this encourages the children to continue their learning at home.
Our vision is to enable the children to build on key skills needed in geography by putting no ceilings on their learning and to prepare them for their secondary education.