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Southdale Church of England

Junior School


“What is our knowledge worth if we know nothing about the world that sustains us, nothing about natural systems and climate, nothing about other countries and cultures?”

Jonathon Porritt, Forum for the Future


At Southdale we believe it is important for children to understand their place in the world and to have an awareness of their past in order to shape their visions of the future. A cross curricular approach to Geography inspires and enthuses children’s imagination and is a powerful motivator.Through the study of Geography children learn about places, the human and physical processes which shape them and the people who live in them, from the local to the global. Skills developed through Geography help pupils make sense of their surroundings and the wider world. They learn about the impact of human activity on the planet and understand the importance of developing a future that is sustainable. It can inspire them to think about their own place in the world, their values, their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment. It enables them to understand how today’s actions shape the future.

Our aims are to:

  • Encourage children to explore, ask and answer questions about the natural and human worlds
  • Help children to make sense of their own surroundings through learning about their own locality and the interaction between people and environment
  • Inspire awe and wonder of the natural world
  • Develop an appreciation of ethnic, cultural and economic diversity
  • Inspire children to think about their own place in the world and their rights and responsibilities to other people and to the environment
  • Develop an understanding of maps and a range of investigative and problem solving skills
  • Enrich and support other areas of the curriculum

Geography Policy Document