Geography helps us to develop an understanding of places and people and examines the way their development has been shaped by physical and human processes. The study of Geography enables children to understand their immediate surroundings, the wider world and to help them to make sense of it. Through the teaching of Geography, children are encouraged to analyse the world around them from a physical and a human perspective, and to appreciate the interdependence of the physical environment and human development. Sustainable development is included as part of the geography curriculum and included in all topic work.
Children need to be prepared for a life where they will live and work with a variety of people. We believe that Geography can help pupils develop tolerant attitudes to different cultures and provide a global perspective and dimension to their learning.
When teaching Geography our aims are:
- to provide a range of experiences from which the children can develop the relevant geographical skills, knowledge and understanding
- to encourage and develop the children's interest in the wider world through first hand experience and the complementary use of secondary sources.
- to develop children's sense of identity, within both local and wider perspectives, thus enhancing their understanding and sensitivity towards the Earth and its peoples.
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
We endeavour to link geography to other areas of the primary curriculum, whenever relevant and possible; pupils are able to use geographical skills and knowledge in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT lessons at points during the year.
In addition, during the annual Year 5 and 6 residential field trip, pupils spend time practising practical geographical fieldwork skills.
St. Martin at Shouldham has been a pioneer school in encouraging learning about sustainability and environmental education. The school has been featured in various educational publications as a lead school in promoting awareness in sustainability. Pupils from the school have given presentations to the Borough Council and led assemblies at other schools in Norfolk. Teachers use first hand experience of the outdoor environment as part of their geography learning opportunities for pupils.
We are fortunate to be located on the edge of Shouldham Warren, and find opportunities to use this space to enhance our outdoor learning.
Our 2014 National Curriculum Geography Statement...
At St Martin at Shouldham, all pupils experience a rich tapestry of historical enquiry. History is taught within an environment that encourages pupils to become resourceful in their approach to work, and to build on basic skills as they progress through the various units and projects offered.
All classes capitalise on our location and organise excursions to some of the historical locations in and around Norfolk. Some classes arrange visiting specialists who operate themed events within the school, bringing history to life.
We aim to:
- provide a balanced approach to the teaching and learning of History enabling all pupils to enjoy the subject
- to stimulate all children's interest in the past
- to help children become aware of historical, social and ethnic aspects of the local environment and of the world, enabling them to develop a sense of identity and an understanding of other cultures' pasts.
- to develop the children's historical knowledge and skills and to develop a sense of chronology
- to help prepare children for adult life in a democratic society
Pupils should be prepared to question, investigate and learn to look at information critically. History gives pupils the ideal opportunity to do this using a variety of sources and approaches to aid learning. The school makes use of opportunities to investigate the local area and provides opportunities to deal with a range of stimulating resources including visitors to the school, visits to museums and public institutions, as well as written and oral sources, including an increasing number found on the internet. We believe that the people in the community are a very valuable historical resource and we take every opportunity to draw on their memories, artefacts and skills.
Our 2014 National Curriculum History Statement...