Geography is a valued part of our curriculum, providing purposeful means for exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live. In Geography lessons, children will learn about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments and their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes will deepen.
At Redscope, we are developing an enquiry-based approach which helps students to think geographically and make connections: between existing knowledge and new ideas; between different pieces of information; between different concepts. We aim to develop a questioning attitude and a passion for investigating these questions critically. In lessons, we give children the opportunity to work both on their own and to collaborate with others, listening to other children’s ideas and treating these with respect. By undertaking geographical enquiries students become aware of the kinds of questions geographers ask and how geographers interpret and analyse geographical data presented in different ways: text; maps; statistics, graphs; and photographs. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources. Geographical enquiries are a powerful way to help children to understand contentious issues: they help students evaluate information, empathise and respect the views of others.