At Calverton we intend that the teaching of Geography will inspire and motivate pupils to know more about the world, while being proud of their geographical roots.
With this purpose, we have a balanced and diversified curriculum which incorporates geographical knowledge about the United Kingdom, while making the connection to the UK’s place in the world and its links to other countries and continents.
When learning about London, we concentrate on the whole of the City, and on why it is such a great place to live in, but we also look into several aspects which are locally relevant. We study the Docklands, and geographical changes which occured in that specific area.
We also make a connection with wider subjects. When we study the River Thames, we also study climate change. Linked to that, we also study earthquakes and volcanoes and the potential connection of natural disasters with climate change.
When studying the water cycle, we again make an ecological connection, by inquiring whether we will ever run out of water, and making sure that pupils understand what a precious resource it is.
Finally, we look into the UK’s relationship with some non-European countries, with the aim to make pupils more knowledgeable about such countries, and to celebrate the cultural diversity which is a very important aspect of our school. In connection to this, we took part in the Ship of Tolerance activity.
We are also involved in an exchange programme entitled ‘Story of Water’, which intends to establish stronger connections with African countries- in this case, Ghana.
In conclusion, we teach the National Curriculum, in a way which is meaningful for our pupils, trying to make them curious and well informed individuals, and to instil geographical knowledge which goes hand in hand with positive social values.