For children to have an understanding of the world around them and how we can live in an inclusive and sustainable environment.
EYFS: Enabling pupils to take on the role of a geographer: exploring, discovering and beginning to make sense of the world around them is an important consideration when planning for the seven areas of the EYFS framework. The main area entitled ‘Understanding the world’ presents the opportunity for pupils to reflect on the events and routines that they experience. EYFS need the opportunity to formulate questions to investigate the similarities and differences that exist between themselves and their understanding of the world. Through role-play the children can learn experientially about the different environments that different professions operate in and explain why some things happen the way they do in both the physical and human world.
KS1 and 2: Geography enables children to make sense of their world. However, a geography education needs to encompass more than this. It must provide opportunities which have a real effect on our pupils’ perception of themselves and their relationship with learning. It must enable them to develop a connection and understanding of the world and their place within it.
The National Curriculum sets out ‘the core knowledge and understanding that all pupils should be expected to acquire in the course of their schooling', but a core curriculum is not all that our children should be taught. A local and personalised element to the curriculum is essential to ensure that pupils are engaged with innovative and enjoyable learning that has relevance to their lives and work while challenging them to think about 'real world' issue.