“The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.”

Barack Obama

At Hempland, our aim is for all children to develop a broad knowledge of people and places both locally and across the globe. Alongside this, we strive for our children to build an understanding, appreciation and curiosity for the physical, social and economic factors that shape our world and the lives of the people in it. Our Geography teaching will support children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, helping them to further understand their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.

What Geography looks like at Hempland

  • Topic based learning.
  • Studies of local areas and issues relating to local areas.
  • Extension of studies into the wider world, making comparisons with local areas.
  • Use of maps, atlases, the internet and fieldwork to explore geography in a range of ways.
  • Cross curricular links, particularly developing skills in literacy, numeracy and computing to collect, analyse and present data and findings.
  • Forest School learning throughout school.

How we entwine Geography with our Hempland school values

Respect

Children will understand how and why places are changing through growing their knowledge of other cultures and environments. They will gain a respect for the world and it’s future, whilst also learning to work collaboratively to make and predict changes, both locally and globally and realise what impact they can have.

Opportunity

Children take part in hands on, exploratory lessons. They will participate in fieldwork both on and off site and have the experience of learning through our Forest School.

Ambition

Our geography teaching will fuel curiosity and inspire children to go out into the world and make a positive difference. Children will perceive the world as an exciting, interesting and ever changing place waiting to be further studied and explored.

Resilience

Children are encouraged to question and take an exploratory approach to their geography learning. Through investigative sessions and enquiry, children will make mistakes and re-evaluate their learning, building resilience.

How we know our Geography curriculum is successful

  • Children will have an enthusiasm for geography, both locally and further afield.
  • Children will have a positive attitude and a deeper understanding of the social and environmental world around them, underpinned by a consideration and responsibility for changes in the future.
  • Children will be inspired to proceed with their knowledge and understanding of geography, both inside and outside of an educational setting.