Babraham Primary School
Curriculum Statement – Geography
Throughout the teaching of both History and Geography at Babraham, we aim to educate children about the world in which they live and how it has changed over time. We focus on the acquisition of facts and knowledge, as well as developing key skills and encouraging pupils to think critically. Children learn about their local area, as well as the wider world. At Babraham, we are part of a global community, and regular international events support children in deepening their awareness and understanding of other cultures and places.
Our Geography teaching follows the National Curriculum and is enhanced through day trips to places of interest and residential visits for pupils in KS2, themed days or visitors to the school, as well as the use of artefacts and drama.
“The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world.” Barack Obama
At Babraham, we feel it is important to nurture and encourage a natural curiosity about our world and its people, which will stay with our pupils for the rest of their lives. Throughout the school, we look at countries and continents around the world, and learn about the similarities and differences between Britain and the wider world. Our curriculum enables children to develop a sense of place, whilst exploring, investigating and understanding the man-made and natural processes that impact on our planet. Our pupils are equipped with knowledge of natural and human environments, diverse people and places, and an understanding of Earth’s key physical and human processes.
We appreciate that children need to develop a series of geographical skills in order to help them make sense of the world around them. These include being able to:
- Make, read and interpret maps
- Use and interpret globes and atlases
- Use a range of fieldwork techniques
- Follow a line of enquiry, such as asking the right questions, drawing conclusions and communicating findings
- Identify features that give a place its identity
- Use ICT to gain access to information and to assist in handling evidence and data.