Geography underpins a lifelong conversation about the Earth as the home of humankind – The Geography Association
The Geography curriculum instils a sense of awe and wonder about the world around us. At Whitegrove we aim to develop a sense of curiosity and fascination within all our children, to encourage them to think for themselves, to take initiative, to ask questions and investigate our world.
Many of the children and families within our Whitegrove community have family links across the world. Our Geography learning often begins by discussing our own experiences of the world and we seek to find opportunities to share and celebrate our knowledge. Our Geography curriculum helps our pupils to understand how our world is interconnected and where we fit within our Bracknell locality.
At Whitegrove, Geography offers meaningful contexts for high-quality cross-curricular work: It is the glue that holds many of our missions and projects together. For us, Geography is more than subject knowledge; a geographer seeks to understand how different views, values and perspectives influence and affect places and environments at different scales. A geographer helps explain why places are changing, how they are interconnected and why patterns of inequality exist at both local and global scales.
Our youngest children learn about the school and local environment and our weather. Older children learn in more depth about physical features, physical processes, human features and human processes alongside environmental issues. They build a general knowledge of countries, cities, rivers and mountains. Local field trips form a vital part of building our mapping skills and knowledge.
We also aim to raise children’s awareness of their roles and responsibilities in relation to their environment and to help them to develop a sense of identity through learning about the UK and its connection with the rest of the world.
Much of our Geography in the Early Years takes place around the school site.