'Geography prepares young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of their world and to face the challenges that will shape our societies and environments at the local, national and global scales'. Dr Rita Gardner, Director, RGS-IBG quoted in A Different View (GA, 2009)
Geography at Sunnyfields aims to instill a sense of awe and wonder about the world around us. We aspire to develop a sense of curiosity and fascination within all of our children, to encourage them to think for themselves, to take initiative, to ask questions and investigate our world. As well as, fostering a positive appreciation of different places, cultures and lifestyles.
Throughout their time at Sunnyfields children should gain a profound understanding of the relationship between human and physical features, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. As well as this, the development of place knowledge will make sure that children can compare and contrast a variety of localities. Locational knowledge, will help our pupils to use maps, globes and atlases to name, locate and identify countries around the world.
In Year One the children have been learning to identify seasonal and daily weather patterns. Please take the time to watch Winston's weather forecast.
Imparting a love of Geography is of key importance at Sunnyfields, for that reason we believe that conducting fieldwork in the local area is pertinent in every Key Stage. The use of real places, real experiences and issues make Geography relevant to the children and impart lifelong skills. Within our grounds we have a forest area, ecology garden and multitude of vegetation. Teachers use the areas to their fullest potential so that the children have the opportunity to discover their surrounding environment.
We also undertake educational visits and workshops as we believe that fieldwork to the River Brent, for example, enables students to become researchers and examine the way geographical concepts interact with real life.
To support staff, we have a range of geographical resources such as maps, aerial photographs and Digi Maps to record their findings allowing for evaluation as well as open ended discussions. Staff use a range of planning resources such as PlanBee to ensure that all areas of the National Curriculum are met. However, Geography lessons reflect the teaching styles of all staff and are planned to meet the needs of the children.