A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features, at different scales, are shaped, interconnected and change over time. (National Curriculum 2014).
At The Hermitage, we aim to provide pupils with experiences which enable them to develop their own geographical skills, including fieldwork opportunities and locality studies. We aim to enable pupils to consider the moral, social and cultural aspects of their studies in geography, and to encourage a sense of awe and wonder about the world. We believe that geography can foster a sense of responsibility for our environment and that our pupils should be encouraged to think about the quality and vulnerability of our environment and the contribution they could make towards its sustainability.