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Being a Geographer
A geographer is someone who studies the earth and its land, features, and inhabitants. They also examine phenomena such as political or cultural structures as they relate to geography. They study the physical or human geographic characteristics or both of a region, ranging in scale from local to global.
At Millbrook Primary School it is our intention that Geography is taught through themes, as part of a whole school topic-based approach to teaching and learning. This enables teachers to forge cross-curricular links giving a meaningful context for the learning. However, teachers make it explicit to children that they are learning geography skills and that they are being ‘Geographers’. Geography is important in our school as it provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved. We explore the relationship between Earth and its people. It stimulates curiosity and imagination.
"The study of earth as the home of people,"
Geographer Yi-Fu Tuan
Children are given opportunities to develop an awareness of their immediate surroundings, other places and how people have used their environment. Through this they are introduced to the techniques necessary to undertake fieldwork and geographical enquiries. Children are encouraged to broaden their knowledge of places and environments throughout the world; develop an understanding of maps, and a range of investigative and problem-solving skills both inside and outside the classroom.
Geography inspires pupils to think about their own place in the world, their values and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.
Through class discussions and assemblies pupils discuss and reflect on naturally occurring events or topical issues that are happening around the world. These opportunities broaden children’s geographical knowledge and understanding and how the impact of such events can affect others.