Geography is taught throughout all the years at Alexander McLeod and provides the groundwork for understanding the world around us. Technically, we use a variety of skills to investigate the interactions between the human and physical environments. However, this means we try to understand how the natural world affects us and how we change it to suit us. It is an essential part of pupils’ learning at Alexander McLeod Primary School because it equips them with the knowledge and skills they need to understand the complex world around them. It prepares the children for the future as learners, workers and part of a community. There are meaningful and relevant links between geography and many other areas of the curriculum, which provides opportunities for children to connect different learning experiences and therefore make better sense of a wide range of concepts.
Fieldwork contributes to learning about the outdoor environment, through children developing their knowledge and understanding in the environment and their sense of responsibility and a desire to care for – even improve – what is around them. (Willy & Catling 2018)
One of the key ways we study geography is through fieldwork. Field work takes many shapes and forms and can take place in every year group, form EYFS to Year 6. Broadly speaking, fieldwork is anything done outside that involves Geography thinking and talking, or Geography skills such as:
- Observation, identification, description
- Recording data
- Map making
- Communicating idea or findings
- Using map skills