Feniscowles Primary School has created a curriculum intent statement. This intent has been written to provide an overarching context for our school curriculum to allow ‘A Feniscolwes Child’ to ‘Live Life in its fullest’. This document can be found on our website and should be read in conjunction with our subject specific intent statements.
At Feniscowles Primary school the study of geography involves pupils exploring the relationship and interactions between people and the environments, in which they both live and depend upon allowing them to ‘Live life in its fullest’. Many of the pupils who now attend Feniscowles Primary School will live to see the next century and inhabit a world of 11 billion people. The many opportunities and challenges that will arise during their lifetime will be very much about geography – personal, local, national and global. From adapting and mitigating the impact of climate change to predicting natural hazards such as Tsunami and Earthquakes, to understanding the causes and effects of population migration around the world our pupils will need to know about geography and to think like geographers.
Geography helps to prepare them for life in the 21st century with all of its currently unknown possibilities, helping to create the ‘Feniscowles Child’. In terms of what we teach in geography and how we encourage and support our pupils to learn the subject we seek to develop young geographers who are able to make links and connections between the natural world and human activity and to understand the kind of questions geographers ask such as Why is this place like it is, how is it changing and what will be the costs and benefits of these changes when they happen?
We aim for our pupils to ‘Strive for Excellence’ in their geographical understanding. In line with the statutory requirements of the school curriculum which must be balanced and broadly based, Feniscowles Primary School commits to ensuring that every pupil at every stage of learning has regular and appropriately challenging and engaging learning in Geography which is informed by the National Curriculum. In addition we will ensure that what our pupils learn in Geography and how they learn it not only inspires and stretches them intellectually but also contributes to their spiritual, moral, cultural and physical development and helps to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in the 21st century. In accordance with the importance we attach to Geography our school aims to:
stimulate pupils’ interest in their surroundings and in the variety of human and physical conditions on the earth’s surface;
foster pupils’ sense of wonder at the beauty of the world surrounding them;
help pupils develop an informed concern about the quality of the environment and the future of the human habitat;
enhance pupils’ sense of responsibility for the care of the earth and its people and secure their commitment to promoting and living sustainable lifestyles;
develop pupils’ skills of critical enquiry and an ability to handle and interpret information, through asking and answering geographical questions and using computing to communicate with and explore a variety of people, places and environments across the world;
help pupils explore values and attitudes about complex issues such as sustainability and sustainable development;
enable pupils to study the above across a range of places, cultures and environments at a variety of scales, from local to global;
foster a sense of understanding about how we
support our children become informed decision makers within their lifetime as they navigate the challenges they may face in a VUCA world (Volatile Unstable, Complex, Ambiguous)
Our Geography policy provides you with details on how we implement this intent through our curriculum.