Geography - The Whiteoak Way
'The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.'
Geography is an essential part of the curriculum. It is all about understanding our physical world, its people and how they live on it and how they interact with it.
Geography involves developing practical skills to understand the physical world including understanding: maps, symbols, direction, location, elevation, photographic data and more. It is about being able to apply these to solve investigative and problem solving both within the class and in wider fieldwork studies.
This is important, yet geography is so much more. Indeed, a key aspect of geography is to reach out to: explore, discover, understand and connect with the lives of others. It is about engaging with other societies and cultures.
Geography is about studying how the environment has shaped human behaviour and how humans, in turn, have and are, impacting on and shaping their environment.
We want children to be equipped with the key skills and understanding of the physical and human worlds such that they will be able to make informed decisions and judgements about their world and have the understanding to resolve issues about the environment and sustainable development.
We want children to feel connected to their planet, to understand how it is made and how it works. We want children to care about their environment whether local or remote and we want children to actively care about its future well-being.
We believe that by offering a knowledge based questioning approach within a focussed sequence of progressive lessons our children will flourish in their geographical understanding, knowledge and skills and that they will, in turn, be encouraged to foster a critical questioning approach as well as engage, empathise, respect, challenge and recognise their responsibility as guardians of their future world.
'What is our knowledge worth if we know nothing about the world that sustains us, nothing about natural systems and climate, nothing about other countries and cultures?'