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Geography Statement of Intent

Children at Sheringdale are naturally eager to learn about the world around them and our aim is to promote and nurture that curiosity about their own and the wider world. We aspire for all children to be skilled, active learners who want to explore and investigate people, places and the environment, who enjoy and value the variety they see about them whilst considering equality and the future of our planet.

At Sheringdale Geography is so much more than merely 'describing the Earth'.

Our ambitious Geography curriculum helps children to recognise and value our interdependence with other people in their own area and in the wider world, and to appreciate the diversity evident in the world among peoples and environments. It introduces children to the nature, role and value of maps in ‘seeing’, understanding, interpreting and valuing the world, from the local to the global. Geography takes forward children’s understanding and appreciation of places, of their importance to us, of our impact on them and of how we can manage and develop our world.

From Early Years to Year 6, through our carefully planned topics and creative, cross curricular approach, we aim to inspire each of our children to develop a 'need to know' - an urge to know more through topics that provoke geographical questioning, develop research skills and require data collection through fieldwork. An approach which is both inclusive and challenging, ensures all learners approach geographical learning with keen interest and led by questioning and discussion.  By the time children leave in Year 6, they are able to look at data critically, engage with talk for learning and reasoning skills, collaborate and to ask critical questions.

In conjunction with other curriculum subjects, our Geography curriculum intent is the prepare our pupils to be truly global citizens, aware of their own place in our ever-changing world, and actively interested and involved in shaping their own futures.