'The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together'
- Barack Obama
At Buckland, we aim for a high quality geography curriculum which will inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We want to foster pupils’ sense of awe and wonder at the beauty of the world surrounding them, linking this with their spiritual development. We want to stimulate pupils’ interest in their surroundings and in the variety of human and physical conditions on the Earth and a recognition of the importance of promoting and living sustainable lifestyles. Children should leave Buckland with an understanding of the effects and responsibilities we have towards our environment, its sustainability and our future within it. Children should recognise that none of these issues are easy and that different areas of the world have different perspectives and challenges and that these attitudes and challenges can in themselves cause disagreements. Children should recognise that we are interconnected and interdependent with other people and ecosystems around the world. Our teaching will equip pupils with knowledge about places and people; resources in the environment; physical and human processes; formation and use of landscapes at a variety of scales from a local to a global level. In doing this children will develop geographical skills: collecting and analysing data; using maps, globes, aerial photographs and digital mapping to name and identify countries, continents and oceans; and communicating information in a variety of ways. We want children to enjoy and love learning about geography by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.
'Geography is a subject which holds the key to our future' - Michael Palin