Geography, (literally translated as earth-writing) is the never-ending task of describing and making sense of the world (Geographical Association, 2020). At Joy Lane Primary School, we actively encourage our children to develop their own curiosity and a passion for the world around them in order to make sense of what they see. We foster our children’s interest in both the natural and human aspects of the world, ask questions that provoke a deeper level of thinking about complex geographical ideas and encourage them to understand our interdependence with other people and places in our country, as well as the wider world. We explore the similarities and differences between our local community and the impact we have in wider world. Geography helps our children to appreciate the significance of people’s beliefs, attitudes and values within the world, promoting tolerance, understanding and, importantly, respect for our precious planet.
Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject which develops our understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We endeavor that our curriculum will promote the children’s interest and understanding of their locality and diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. We adopt an imaginative and creative curriculum, exploring both the treasures our local area and community offer to us, including investigating our local area as a bustling coastal town and sea safety. Our enquiry extends to develop children’s knowledge of the UK and its countries, capital cities, continents, oceans, environment regions, climate zones and biomes. This geographical content knowledge is then interspersed with geographical enquiry, which enables our learners to explore regions as case studies, geographical processes, such as the water cycle, and understand the interdependent nature of human and physical geography. We develop children’s visual literacy and ‘graphicacy’ skills through their encounters with different types of maps and diagrams in addition to the broader concepts of place and scale. Through our Eco-School and Forest School activities, we promote a respect for the natural environment and encourage our children to consider the world around them from a whole-school perspective.