The study of geography stimulates an interest in, and a sense of wonder about, places. It helps young people make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world. It explains where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environment interact, and how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on pupils’ own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.
The children will experience a variety of projects and topics around the following areas:
Place: Throughout their time at Sun Hill pupils will investigate a variety of places and consider where it is, what it is like, how it became like this and how it might change.
Space: Throughout their time at Sun Hill pupils will study the human and physical features of locations and how they are influenced by each other and often interact across space.
Interdependence and Environmental interaction: Pupils will develop an understanding of how human action in one place has consequences somewhere else, for example when deforestation causes flooding.
Physical and human processes: Pupils will study these processes and focus upon how they cause change and development in places. Understanding these processes helps pupils to imagine alternative futures for places and for the people who live and work in them.
Cultural understanding and diversity: Pupils will consider how people and places are represented in different ways. This involves questions such as: Who am I? Where do I come from? Who is my family? Who are the people around me? Where do they come from? What is our story?
Take opportunities to look at how places compare and contrast to Alresford and the UK. Go on a ‘secret street’ walk in a different area and see what you can find out about the local area, compare and contrast to Alresford or holiday destinations.
Read stories and look at non-fiction books around ‘place’.
Visit local rivers and carry out some field research!
Play games – fill in a world, Europe or UK map.
Watch geographical documentaries such as Blue Planet.