‘What is our knowledge worth if we know nothing about the world that sustains us, nothing about natural systems and climates, nothing about other countries and cultures?’
Jonathon Porritt, Forum for the Future
Geography develops the knowledge of places and environments throughout the world. The children are challenged to pose questions and find solutions, whilst being aware of different viewpoints. They develop map skills, refine communication skills including graphical and oral presentation, and practice problem-solving.
In addressing issues about the environment and sustainable development, the children learn to link the natural and social sciences. They learn about how different people, cultures and nations rely on each other.
The children at Guardian Angels' are encouraged to think about their rights and their responsibilities to other people and the environment.
How can parents support their child’s learning and development?
- As in history, trips to museums, galleries and sites of geographic interest are invaluable. If you have a chance to visit one of these during the weekend or holidays, then please do so! Photographs and souvenirs are welcomed in school, so your child can share – and consolidate – what they have learned with their friends at school.
- Many local tourist attractions provide a site map. Let your child have a go at pointing out and finding key features on these maps.
- Compiling a scrapbook of a family holiday makes a fascinating memento for your family but can also be a valuable way of reinforcing interesting facts for your child and will give them lots to talk about on their return to school. If you are lucky enough to travel abroad please try to collect as much as possible as back at school we like to hear about it all – boarding passes, receipts and bags, leftover money as well as photographs of all of those exotic locations and the people who live and work there!