Geography

Geography helps us find answers to questions about the world around us – about where things are and how they got there.

The principles of our Sandlings ethos “Sandlings is a unique, nurturing school where everyone belongs an thrives” can be seen throughout our Geography curriculum and provision but in particular in developing a sense of belonging through the study of local and faraway places and celebrating uniqueness through learning about different communities.Three thresholds concepts drive our geography curriculum:

  1. To Investigate places- this concept involves understanding the geographical location of places and their physical and human features.
  2. To Investigate patterns -this concept involves understanding the relationships between the physical features of places and the human activity within them, and the appreciation of how the world’s natural resources are used and transported.
  3. To Communicate geographically -this concept involves understanding geographical representations, vocabulary and techniques.

The subject topics that each year group will cover over a two-year cycle are:

  • European Geography
  • Non – European Geography
  • Local Geography

The characteristics we aim to foster in our children are:

  • An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like.
  • An excellent understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated.
  • An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
  • Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical and presentational techniques.
  • The ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain findings.
  • Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity as shown in interpretations and representations of the subject matter.
  • Highly developed and frequently utilised fieldwork and other geographical skills and techniques.
  • A passion for and commitment to the subject, and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there.
  • The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and the environment.