Geography is a subject of great fascination to children. At Sacred Heart, we stimulate the children’s interest by providing them with variety of experiences.
The school is situated in grounds which have been developed to provide a variety of habitats. All children are given the opportunity to explore the environment close to school, which is rich in interest we study local areas/issues and extend these studies into the wider world. Pupils are given the opportunity to develop their knowledge of people and places to understand the physical, social and economic forces which shape those places and the lifestyles of the people who live there.
All classes go on visits to a variety of settings including farms, forests, National Trust lands and areas of geographical interest. In Year 6 the children are encouraged to go on residential trips where they experience unfamiliar environments. We study other countries using a range of resources, the children learn to use maps to locate cities, countries, mountain ranges, rivers, seas and oceans. They use atlases, photos and the internet to explore the environment and economics of those countries which they study. They then use the skills they have developed in literacy, numeracy and ICT to report and record their findings.
Each year, as a whole school, we focus on a particular country and become involved in a development project there, raising funds to help with the scheme.