The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together. - Barack Obama
Geography is more than reading and interpreting maps. Geography teaches us about:
- Earthquakes, volcanoes, climate, water cycle.
- The impact of humans over the years.
- Habitats and animals.
- How places differ from one another and why they differ.
- Collecting information, analysing it and drawing conclusions.
Geography is about understanding the world in which we live and how we fit into the bigger picture. Geography is about how we can understand our world, so our children have the best future possible… Our aim is to make Geography come alive for our children.
What do we mean by the idea of Living Geography?
- It builds on the understanding of children's 'everyday geographies' and helps to enhance geographical imagination and thinking.
- Concerned with children's lives, their futures, their world
- Often starts with local but is set in the context of the global (community)
- Concerned with how the pupils' world is changing and whether this will lead to a more sustainable future for all
Living geography starts with me in my community and explores identity:
- Who am I? Where do I come from? Who is my family? What is 'my story'? Who are the people around me? Where do they come from? What is 'their story'?
- It is about how our identity is shaped by the geography that is all around us: My place in the world - where do I live? What does it look like? How do I feel about it?
- It is about the changes we experience in our community and wider world: How is the world changing? How do I want it to change?
- It is about the world we live in: the physical world and the human world
At Brooklands, geographical understanding is enhanced by:
- Fieldwork and outdoor learning
- IT and digital mapping and multimedia
- Distinctive ways of using maps, atlases, diagrams
- Specific and explicit teaching of geographical vocabulary
- Active enquiry skills applied to understanding place, space, scale, interdependence, physical and human processes, diversity
- Valuing own experience of space and place.
Geography is also a key subject :
- To engage creative and critical thinking about change (locally and globally) and possible futures
- For understanding the world, their social/ environmental responsibility and their place in it.
- For underpinning Global Citizenship.