We use geographical skills and generic learning skills to gain knowledge and understanding. Gaining appropriate geographical knowledge and understanding progressively is central to the new National Curriculum.
Geographical skills are the tools of the trade. Linked to generic learning skills they are the way in which we, as geographers, progressively access and display geographical information. They therefore have to be learnt and applied in a context.
‘A high quality geographical education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.’
(National Curriculum 2104)
At Stobhillgate we therefore aim to offer our children an exciting curriculum utilising the locality, local culture and community to inspire them in their learning.
Topics such as Castles and Wonderful Wildlife include planned opportunities to encompass many geographical skills as our children learn not just about Morpeth and the nearby locality but further afield, incorporating diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
‘A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.’
(National Curriculum 2014)
At Stobhillgate we aim to incorporate an exciting historical curriculum to do just this through topics such as Castles and projects such as trips to Woodhorn Colliery to allow the children to see what we did in the past and compare life to then – please see our KS1 galleries.
‘Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, and weigh evidence.’
We always enjoy providing opportunities to enquire and develop thinking skills through our teaching and learning incorporating philosophy for children which develops speaking and listening, confidence, opportunities to reason, think and develop perspective and judgement.
We further use the locality and visitors to help pupils to understand people’s lives, change, diversity of societies and learn more about themselves and through exciting whole school projects such as ‘Are we future ready?’ the children can be helped to face the challenges of their time.