At Ridgeway, we believe that Geography teaching and learning should inspire children's curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.
We aim to encourage children to take an interest in diverse places and its people, together with developing investigation and problem solving skills that are transferable to other areas of the curriculum. We want lessons to inspire children to ask and answer questions that challenge their ideas and current views of the world. Geography also encourages and promotes children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding, which are important skills we want our children to learn. As they acquire knowledge of a range of different cultures and traditions, we want them to learn to be tolerant and understanding of other people and their environments.
At Ridgeway, we actively promote opportunities to make children aware of their actions upon their surroundings, their own responsibilities and how they can contribute to improving the environment, however small that contribution might be.
Through the framework of the 2014 National Curriculum, Geography taught at Ridgeway Primary School, aims to:
As an ECO school, we spend time learning about and developing ECO themes and activities through class based activities and themed weeks. Our ECO Warriors team meet regularly to organise and develop ECO activities in school. Some of the new initiatives implemented include: recycling waste, monitoring energy usage, designing posters to encourage recycling and growing and planting vegetables in the garden for use in school.
To encourage children to explore the outdoors and their local environment, all children have the opportunity to complete a range of varied and exciting challenges to receive an Acorn Award. These awards stimulate children's curiosity for adventure and encourage them to explore the outdoors at school and at home. Some of these challenges include: making a mud pie, dancing in the rain and cooking around a camp fire.
Geography is an engaging and inspiring subject for children to take part in at Ridgeway, with many exciting enrichment opportunities. During our 'Everybody Loves Learning' weeks, purposeful activities are planned for to develop children's knowledge and understanding of their local area and the world around them.
Every other year, we hold a Fair Trade focus week, where all children from Nursery to year 6 spend time learning about Fair trade principals.
Our focus for these weeks includes where our food comes from and how it is grown. Through case studies from different diverse countries, we have learned about the struggles farmers face around the world and how we can ensure they receive a fair price for their goods.
Visits and fieldwork are an essential part of the Geography Curriculum, helping to develop geographical enquiry skills. Through these exciting experiences, we want children to collect, analyse and present a range of data, to deepen their understanding of geographical processes. Where possible, children take part in several fieldtrips while at Ridgeway, including visits to local areas to study plants and wildlife, as well as contrasting localities such as a seaside environment in Wales.