Can you give me directions on how to get to Pokesdown for Boscombe railway station? Where is Kerala, on which continent is it found, and is it worth visiting? What is it like to live in Peru? I’m going to the Lakes, which route is the most interesting? Did you know that Iceland is in the North Atlantic Ocean? Well, if you want to know the answers to these questions make sure you go to Year 2’s Visitors’ Centre in the Kerala Lighthouse, or Year 4’s Travel Fair. Don’t miss the Brain of Britain Quiz Night where you can test your geographical knowledge.
Geography is a fascinating subject that engages children’s curiosity about the world around them. It inspires children to find out more and helps them to understand how everything is linked in some way. Here at Pokesdown, we believe that bringing geography to life through different projects and hands-on learning is important, which is why we teach through an integrated approach.
Being a geographer at Pokesdown means going out in all weathers on field trips. Mostly we have had good weather! We regularly go to Southbourne Beach where we can see the ‘Polar Bear’ on the Isle of Wight and Old Harry Rocks at Studland. The Visitors’ Centre at Hengistbury Head is a safe retreat if the weather is bad when we are doing our river study at Holloway’s Dock. We’ve been to Brockenhurst, Dorchester, Bath, London and Scaplen’s Court Museum in Poole. By exploring different landscapes and environments, through case studies, children get a better understanding of planet Earth, the people who live on it, their local environment and how places are interconnected.
All of these first hand experiences help to deliver our skills of being a geographer: we read and draw maps, find our way using compass directions and recognise important landmarks from aerial photos. Google Earth takes us around the world where we can drop in and find out what places are like. Year 4 go on a virtual plane trip to Iceland – some experience!
Geography opens the minds of our young geographers to the beauty and diversity of the world; it shows how we are connected to other people and places. We learn about the mighty physical processes that change people’s lives like volcanos, typhoons and tsunamis, and find out why these happen. Humans have learnt to adapt to these lands from the earliest times when they roamed as nomads, living in caves, to sophisticated city dwellers living in high-rise flats. The threat of climate change, dwindling resources and the fragility of the planet are sensitive and controversial issues that children have strong views on – after all it’s their future!
Geography is a dynamic subject that engages children’s natural curiosity, ignites their imaginations and develops responsible and thoughtful citizens. This rich curriculum prepares them for a future world in which they can take an active part.