At Humshaugh C of E (Aided) First School, our aim is for all children to develop a greater understanding of the world, as well as their place in it. We hope that, when teaching geography, we promote an interest for learning more about diverse places, people, resources and environments, as well as encouraging our children to develop a deep understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes. In line with our Vision 'Being Good Soil’, we aim to centre our Geography curriculum around becoming stewards of the Earth by celebrating diversity and encouraging the protection and restoration of the Earth.
Our children are taught geography using a variety of enriching learning tools, such as through first-hand experiences and also using textbooks, maps and digital technology. At Humshaugh First School, we provide extensive opportunities for children to explore our village and utilise the vast local area to strengthen geographical skills, such as fieldwork and map reading. We use nearby resources for educational visits that link with current topics to enhance the cultural experience for our children, also embedding first-hand learning outside the classroom into our lessons. We promote a language-rich Geography curriculum that encourages children to use subject-specific vocabulary. Our Geography curriculum is further enriched by our Forest School programme which enables children to develop some of the more practical aspects of this subject for example, orienteering and map skills.
Children at Humshaugh First School have an excellent knowledge of their surrounding area, its location and the human and physical features within it. Our pupils can fluently use geographical language to describe similarities and differences between their own and other regions. They can utilise their knowledge of geography to effectively analyse and enquire about different cultures and concepts. Our students have a real sense of curiosity to find out more about their world and the features, cultures and people within it. The children at Humshaugh First School are enthusiastic to work collaboratively when learning more about the world, using research and feedback assemblies to share their learning with one another and to discover more about the amazing world we live in.