Geography is important because it helps us to learn about our world. It develops our understanding of people and places and helps to develop our curiosity.
At Witnesham Primary School, Geography is taught from Reception to Year 6 by class teachers and usually forms part of an exciting class topic. With topics ranging from the rainforest and the seaside in Early Years/Key Stage 1 to natural disasters and mountains in Key Stage 2, there are many opportunities to learn about our world and the wonders within it!
Children have the opportunity to learn about both physical and human geography through a variety of activities. Teachers take every opportunity to make learning practical and hands on. For example, children in Class 4 had the chance to explore how rivers are formed by using water and sand in a practical (and slightly messy!) activity.
Fieldwork is an important element of Geography which teachers try to include in their lessons whenever possible. We are lucky to have fantastic school grounds which form a basis for geographical explorations and a range of outdoor learning about our environment. Children also benefit from a variety of school trips linked to their topics, such as when Classes 1 and 2 visited Felixstowe beach during their seaside topic.
We enjoy having themed days where children learn about different countries and cultures. For example, on World Languages Day children had a chance to learn a bit about Japan, India, Brazil, Holland and the Gambia. These opportunities enrich and enhance our Geography curriculum.