'Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?' Michael Palin
What we want to achieve
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. 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.
How we want to achieve it
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.
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. 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 these areas in addition to our local area to their fullest potential so that the children have the opportunity to discover their surrounding environment.