Geography is the study of places and people. It helps children to make sense of their world and to understand their place within it. It is a priority for us to instill a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, that will stay with the children for the rest of their lives. We aim to to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
At Forest Hall, we believe that fieldwork is an essential component of geography education as it enables pupils to better understand the ‘messiness’ of ‘geographical reality’, develop subject knowledge, and gain a range of skills that are difficult to develop in the classroom alone. We encourage the children to be real life geographers by accessing resources sketch maps, plans, graphs and digital technologies.
Children kicked off this academic year by learning what it means to be 'Geordie and Proud'. As well as looking at the location of Forest Hall, children have learned about what is unique about where they live. This includes studying iconic locations such as The Angel of the North, the seven bridges of the River Tyne and St James' Park. Children have learned about the importance of mining and also about George Stephenson and his inventions.
While it is important to learn about other cultures, values and opinions, we have been focussing on 'Locational Knowledge'.
The curriculum is designed develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Forest Hall and also to their further education and beyond. Through cross curricular topics, we are travelling the world! On this journey, each class will learn key facts about the physical and human aspects of that country, and the whole class will together use this to build up a comprehensive understanding of a variety of countries and continents across the globe.