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Geography at Awbridge Primary School

One of our main aims in the teaching of Geography is to promote and inspire a fascination about the world (its physical and human elements) that surrounds our pupils. We intend to equip our pupils with the knowledge of the physical and human processes of the Earth, in-depth understanding of other countries, as well as our own, and a wider overview of human and natural environments.

Every year of the pupils’ Awbridge journey builds on past learning about the local area, geographical investigation skills and the interaction of human and physical processes. Whilst investigations begin in simple comparisons between Awbridge and other countries in EYFS, these are the building blocks to understanding the similarities of environments needed in the latter half of Key Stage 2 when further flung locations are studied. We have in our mind the importance of understanding our own planet and how best to protect it, often linking our geographical investigations to how the human processes affect physical elements. From this we hope to nurture an interest in how environments work and how to best protect them, building a role as global citizen for the children.

Our engaging curriculum is complemented by many trips that involve a geographical investigation where pupils pose questions, gather data and can use a range of equipment to help them understand how the world around them, that they interact with daily, is formed and evolves over time. It is here, beyond the classroom, that allows for rich, meaningful experiences that cement knowledge and engagement.

Teaching Safeguarding through Geography

At Awbridge through our curriculum we support children to…

  • develop a sense of responsibility and understand the impact of humans on the environment for example climate change, litter
  • recognise the risks associated with some aspects of the physical environment and responding to those risks
  • tackle stereo types, listen to the views of others and recognise how different cultures interact with the world

  • be able to plan a course safely using maps and compasses, knowing how to get to a destination safely
  • develop an awareness of the natural world as an antidote to the digital world, being observant and mindful in the outdoors