Geography at St Gilbert's aims to inspire pupils through a variety of experiences so they can learn and acquire knowledge, skills and understanding through the diverse world and culture in which they live. The children at St. Gilbert's will become true Geographers when they can geographical vocabulary; enquire about the world in which they live; understand and learn how to take care of their environment and appreciate the wonderful world and people God has made.
SMSC in GEOGRAPHY
Geography can contribute to the spiritual development of pupils by looking at real life people in real places and the environment in which they live. There are many opportunities we can give children to reflect on their own beliefs and values and that of others. They can enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world. They will explore and reflect on their own feelings about the people,places and environments they are learning about.
Most geographical issues have a moral dimension that children can explore and discuss. For example, should the rain forest be exploited for human benefit? How come the world's resources are owned by the the rich? How can we trade fairly? Discussion, role-play and decision - making exercised will enable pupils to explore such issues and help pupils to consider what the views are of society and help them to consider their views and the rights of another human being (UNICEF Rights Respecting School). This will teach children that they have a responsibility to look after one another and the world and its resources.
Relationships are important in the social dimension of Geography and can be fostered through role-play, group work, geography games and the like. Field work adds another social dimension by encouraging children when outdoors to rely on a range of social skills and to participate in the local community. Learning about international trade (through Fair Trade Week) fosters a sense of the interdependence of people and places and an appreciation of diverse viewpoints. Children will also engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.
Geography makes a strong contribution to the cultural development of pupils by studying real people in real places; appreciating the role of Britain's parliamentary system and understanding our multicultural society and celebrating diversity. Children develop an awareness and understanding of their own locality and make comparisons with environments further away and know that there are different cultures and places that exist.
A sense of place requires knowledge and understanding of cultural traditions of the people who live there. There is also the use of cultural maps in Geography to indicate the distribution of foods and other resources.
Below are some useful websites to use and become familiar with the world around you. Have fun !
GARDENING AT ST GILBERT'S
St Gilbert's children are privileged to have a polytunnel to grow their own foods. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) says that there are great benefits to gardening and they are the 3 Rs :
- Ready to learn
Here are some plants that were planted this year .
Can you name the plant?
St Gilberts are in involved in WOW - The year round walk to school challenge !!!
Every class records and tracks how each pupil comes to school and at the end of each half term the pupil can earn a badge if they have walked, cycled, scootered or parked and stride to school.