From the moment we are born, it is our instinct to begin to explore our world around us with all our senses. At Floreat Montague Park Primary School we feel it is important to nurture and encourage that natural curiosity, to shape and direct it to turn the children into inquisitive, questioning learners who look closely at the world around them and begin to be able to interpret what they see. As a whole school we look at countries around the world and learn about the similarities and differences between British culture and others, for example on our whole-school theme days like Diwali Day and Mardi Gras Day.
In the early years, Geography comes under the curriculum area of ‘Understanding the World,’ providing links with science and history. We encourage the children to explore our outdoor area and investigate the plants and animals that we find there - we draw them, label them, research them on iPads and Chromebooks, make homes for them and follow the children’s interests in learning more about them. We introduce the beginnings of map work, encouraging children to look closely at what they see and to draw it accurately.
In key stage 1 we begin to look in more detail at our local area, particularly during our topic of ‘Our World’. We will go out into Wokingham to look at different buildings and homes and compare them with those in other areas and countries. We will learn to draw and interpret maps and to develop a variety of other skills through our topic work, including those of enquiry, problem-solving, investigating and presenting our work, calling on skills learned in Maths and English and applying them in new ways. At FMP we also aim to instill in children a sense of environmental responsibility and encourage them to understand environmental issues at a local and global level. We have a Rights Respecting Schools Steering group made up of a child from each class, who are beginning to look at important areas such as food waste and recycling.
In key stage 2 the children are given opportunities to widen the scope of their studies to areas beyond Wokingham. They look at the physical and human geography of the world and look at the human impact over time. Their work is guided by carefully chosen topics which take in areas of historical and cultural interest through time. In year 6, pupils' geographical work culminates with the topic Mountains and Rivers, and there is an opportunity for them to participate in a 6 day residential visit to Snowdonia to reinforce their studies.
Running through all of our Geography work at FMP is the idea that we are motivating and inspiring our children to find out about their world, both physical and human, so that they can take an active part in contributing to and protecting this world as they grow up.