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Geography at Minchinhampton Academy

Through the study of Geography, children can make sense of their surroundings and the wider world, developing both their environmental and social awareness. Geography is the study of places, the human and physical processes which shape them, and the people who live in them. Skills developed through Geography help pupils to gain a greater understanding of the ways of life and cultures of other people and places. It is imperative that the next generation have the skills for our tomorrow.

As part of Geography at Minchinhampton, we aim:

  • To stimulate the children’s interest in their surroundings and foster a sense of wonder about the world;
  • To increase children’s knowledge and awareness of the world;
  • To inspire a sense of responsibility for the environment and of people all over the world.
  • To develop children’s competence in specific geographical skills, including enquiry, problem solving and decision making.

To support our Geography teaching we use up to date maps and atlas and Internet maps including Google Earth. We visit many local surroundings (Minchinhampton Common and the Church, Westonbirt Arboretum, Stratford Park in Stroud) all are significant landmarks and places of interest to support Geography topics and the children’s understanding of the world around them.

We have established links with ?????.  Through communication via emails, letters, skype and blogging the children are able to develop an awareness and understanding of other places and cultures in our world. We also welcome parents from other places as a fantastic resource for teaching and learning about the wider world.

At Minchinhampton we strive for independent learners. As they move through the school- suggesting their own questions for investigation. We use primary and secondary sources of evidence to aid them in this. We look at investigating places with more emphasis on the larger scale; contrasting near and distant places, all the while collecting and recording evidence unaided.The pupils are encouraged to analyse evidence and draw conclusions e.g. from field work data on land use comparing land use/temperature and look at patterns and explain reasons behind it.

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