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Verwood Church of England First School and Nursery

Geography

“Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future.”

Michael Palin

Geography helps to prepare our children for life in the 21st century with all of its currently unknown possibilities; the many opportunities and challenges that will arise during their lifetime will be very much about geography – personal, local, national and global. We aim to provide learning opportunities that enthuse, engage, and motivate children to learn and foster a sense of curiosity and wonder at the beauty of the world around them. We seek to develop young geographers who are able to make links and connections between the natural world and human activity and to understand the kind of questions geographers ask. We facilitate this through an enquiry approach, which encourages children to learn Geography through big question led enquiries about topics, places and themes, which focuses on real people, places and geographical issues. Our intention is for our children to develop sound geographical awareness and to develop a unique understanding of people and places. In Geography, children learn about their local area and compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. The children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures through their study of the characteristics of human geography and gain an awareness of the impact that the physical world has on the future of an environment.