At Castleway, we believe that a high-quality geography curriculum involves getting pupils outside the classroom to gain ‘hands on’ experiences whenever possible. This ranges from fieldwork in the school grounds to visits and walks around the local community and further afield. We are fortunate to be located on a peninsula with easy access to the beach, river, city and other manmade and natural environments.
We aim to develop these essential characteristics to help children become geographers:
- A curiosity and knowledge of the local area and of the location of places in the UK and throughout the world;
- A good knowledge of the physical and human features of environments throughout the world;
- A range of geographical vocabulary;
- The ability to interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs;
- The ability to make comparisons between places;
- A sense of enquiry and seeking to answer, ask and debate questions;
- An understanding of how and why places are changing;
- A deep understanding of what places are like, why and how they are connected, and the importance of location;
- An understanding the impact we have on our world and of current environmental issues.
Geography informs pupils about the 'here and 'now' of real life and as such, is a vital 'living' subject that contributes to and enhances the wider curriculum. Although geography can be taught alone, at Castleway we feel it offers meaningful contexts for high- quality cross - curricular work.