Geography teaches children an understanding of places and their environments. It gives them the opportunity to explore cultures, landscapes and geographical features which are very different from their own surroundings, and helps to foster an interest in the wider world. It focuses on our immediate locality and countries all over the world, and enables children to find about the physical world, its human and natural features.
Good geography teaching also develops map reading skills, and nurtures a sense of responsibility towards all of the earth’s creatures and environments, as well as building a a strong sense of ‘global citizenship’.
At St Francis Primary we don't just teach Geography as a stand alone subject, it is incorporated into all areas of the curriculum. So for example if a class is learning about volcanoes and earthquakes in their Geography topic, they would produce factfiles, non-chronological reports etc. in their English lessons, as well as producing presentations and carrying out research online in Computing lessons.