Introduction to Geography
At East Dene Primary we are geographers!
Children investigate a range of places (both in Britain and abroad) to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes. At East Dene, we are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Rotherham and South Yorkshire so that they can develop a real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special. We also develop the children’s ability to apply geographical skills to enable them to confidently communicate their findings and geographical understanding to a range of audiences.
How Geography is Taught
Our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Through high quality teaching, we aim to develop the following essential characteristics of geographers:
- An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like, both in Britain and the wider world;
- A comprehensive understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected;
- An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary;
- Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills, as well as effective presentation techniques;
- The ability to think, question and discover answers to their own questions through exploring and researching;
- The ability to reach clear conclusions and explain their findings;
- Excellent fieldwork skills as well as other geographical aptitudes and techniques;
- The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current issues in society and the environment;
- A genuine interest in the subject and a real sense of curiosity about the world and the people who live here.
Our Fantastic Places
What is a Fantastic Place?
A fantastic place stimulates an interest in and creates a sense of wonder. Our chosen topics help us to develop our ‘geographical imaginations’ of places at a variety of scales and help us to understand the physical and human characteristics of them. It deepens our curiosity and fascination with the world and its people: giving us the opportunity to think, question and discover answers to our own questions.
This enables us to become Geographers!
As well as the curiosity and fascination that is created through our fantastic places, we also offer a wide range of additional enrichment opportunities which give our children a sense of wonder about the world. Children gain real-life experiences through trips throughout the year. For example, Year 6 children have the opportunity to take part in a residential to an outdoor education and activity centre (Kingswood and Crowden): here they develop skills in orienteering, map work, as well as developing their locational knowledge. Children have the opportunity to visit the local park and woodland where they develop their place and locational knowledge whilst learning about the human and physical geography of the local area. We also make cross-curricular links with PE where children learn orienteering skills. Within school, children take part in our annual geography week. During this week the children are challenged to organise a trip to another geographical region where they use their geographical skills to learn about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments. In addition to geography week, we have a Fantastic Places ‘wow’ day to create a sense of excitement and engagement. All of these opportunities aim to give the children memorable, effective learning experiences that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Geography is all around us!
Ask children questions and let them ask questions about what is around them.
When you are out around town and the area you live question
- How are places changing?
- Why are places changing?
When travelling to different places question
- Where are you going?
- What does the sign post say?
- Can you locate the area on a map?
If you are on holiday question
- How is this area different to home?
- How is this area similar to home?
Free places to see and visit in Rotherham
- Clifton Park and Museum
- Thrybergh County Park
- Chapel of our Lady on the Bridge
- Rotherham Minister Church
- Ulley Reservoir Country Park
- Kepples Column