At Cookham Rise, we aim to inspire children to be curious about the world and the people in it.
Sir Michael Palin 2011, television broadcaster and travel journalist describes geography as,
“a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant… geography is a subject which holds the key to our future.”
As teachers, our intent is to have a clear, purposeful and well-delivered curriculum. We plan on teaching a solid knowledge of places and environments as well as ensuring fundamental values such as forming opinions, developing emotional intelligence and instilling empathies for other people’s personal geographies. Through their work in geography, children learn about the area they live in and compare their life in this locality to other regions in the United Kingdom and also in the rest of the world. In topic lessons with a geography focus, children will learn how to draw and interpret maps and develop the skills of research. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, our hope is that children will gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. Children learning about other countries and cultures will hopefully have a desire to visit/experience other cultures on a first-hand basis. Geography teaching also motivates children to find out about the physical world and enables them to recognise the importance of sustainable development for the future of mankind.