At Liscard, geography is increasingly being taken outside the classroom to gain ‘hands on’ experiences. This ranges from fieldwork in the school grounds, to visits, walks around the local community, and further afield. We are fortunate to be located on a peninsula with easy access to the beach, river, city and other manmade and natural environments.
Geography draws on its vast range of vocabulary to identify and name places, the features within them and the human and physical processes at work there. It provokes and answers questions about the natural and human world. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, and a range of problem-solving and investigative skills both inside and outside the classroom. Geography is an important link between natural and social sciences and focuses on understanding and tackling issues about the environment.
Geography also helps our children to understand how and why places are changing, and better predict what the likely futures may be and their potential impact upon them. This approach deepens understanding of what places are like, why and how they are connected, and the importance of location. Geography gives children a sense of place; an understanding of the connections between humans and the world around them and the impact that humans have on it and each other.
Geography is an enquiry led subject that seeks answers important questions such as:
- Where is this place?
- What is it like? (And why?)
- How and why is it changing?
- How does this place compare with other places?
- How and why are places connected?
It is important that a geographer, no matter how young, does not just answer questions but also asks and debates them:
- What could/should the world be like in the future?
- What can we do to influence change?
Geography deals with the 'here and 'now' of real life and as such, is a vital 'living' subject that contributes to and enhances the wider curriculum.