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Geography at Tiptoe
At Tiptoe School we want our children to become geographers who have a broader and deeper understanding of the world around them. Our aim is for geography to be challenging, motivating, topical, and fun. We intend to develop children’s curiosity, and a fascination of the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We need more than ever before for our children to understand other people, and their cultures, so that they appreciate and respect the diverse society we live in. Our enquiry-based curriculum provides children with the opportunities to investigate people and places around the world, as well as physical and human processes. We intend to improve children’s geographical vocabulary, locational knowledge, place knowledge, their geographical skills and fieldwork, as well as providing opportunities for consolidation and challenge. We also believe that geography can help foster children’s spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development by primarily reflecting on their own values and beliefs and those of others. ( see below for further information.)
At Tiptoe School geography matters.
See below for a copy of the national curriculum for geography.
Spiritual, Moral, Social, & Cultural Development in Geography at Tiptoe School.
There are many ways in which geography can contribute towards spiritual development, the study of real people in real places, and of our relationship with the environment, is at the heart of the geography curriculum. As such, there are many occasions when we can give pupils the opportunity to reflect on their own values and beliefs, and those of others. For example, we can give pupils opportunities to think about the feelings of a child living in a squatter settlement, or the victims of a natural hazard; to reflect on the beauty of a landscape, or the richness of an environment; and to explore their own feelings about the people, places and environments they are learning about.
Most geographical issues have a moral dimension. Environmental relationships, in particular, provide a wealth of opportunities for distinguishing a moral dimension; for example, should the rain forest be exploited? Should open cast mining be allowed in an area of outstanding natural beauty? Discussion, role-play and decision making exercises enable pupils to explore such issues, In doing so they will learn about the views held by society, and by various groups within society, and will develop their own attitudes and values in relation to these.
Activities in the geography classroom -pair work, group work, role-play, geographical games - foster good social behaviour and self - discipline. However, through fieldwork geography makes a distinctive contribution to social development. Outside of the classroom pupils need a greater degree of self-discipline and a successful trip almost invariably relies on each member of the group making his or her full contribution. Geography also has a key role in developing an understanding of citizenship. For example, decision making exercises introduce pupils to the planning process in a town or city; learning about international trade fosters a sense of the interdependence of people and places; and through geography pupils develop a knowledge and understanding of the concept of sustainable development.
Through its study of real people in real places, geography makes a major contribution to cultural development. Pupils learn about the characteristics of their local area, and why it is like that, and contrast where they live with more distant localities, in this country and abroad. A sense of place requires a knowledge and understanding of the cultural traditions of the people who live there. For example, for younger pupils this could be knowing about different styles of dress while older pupils might explore different attitudes towards the environment. Geography is a natural vehicle for exploring our own multicultural society. For example, the history of settlement can be explored through the distribution of place names while the spatial distribution of ethnic minorities can be analysed and its causes and consequences considered.
This is why geography matter to us at Tiptoe School. Watch and enjoy!