SUBJECT VISION FOR GEOGRAPHY
From the moment we are born, it is our instinct to begin to explore the world around us with all our senses.
As a whole school we look at countries and environments around the world and learn about the similarities and differences between cultures. Bell Farm strives to provide the best in outdoor education and this is shown in geography by the use of our spacious grounds, outdoor classroom and two forest school areas. Lessons also include outdoor learning where a part of or a whole lesson will be taught outside. These lessons teach the children new skills including map and compass work. Children also learn about the weather in different countries including how the seasons can be different, and we link this work to science.
At Bell Farm we believe that it is important to encourage natural curiosity. We encourage children to be inquisitive and questioning learners who are interested in the world around them. We provide this, for example, by teaching orienteering lessons which involve children using a sight map of the school to search for clues. This provides real life experiences for the children and encourages exploration.
We also teach children to value the world around us and aim to provide a sense of environmental responsibility to the children by having an Eco-committee. This involves two children from each class discussing geographical issues including energy efficiency and reducing litter in our school. This teaches our children to understand about how we as humans can help our environment and our world.
Above all, we aim to motivate and inspire our children to find out about the world around them, so that they take an active part in caring for and protecting our world.