At Broadfield, our aim is to provide opportunities for children to develop as confident, articulate and well-rounded children who can succeed as individuals and contribute to their community and the wider world.
Through the teaching of geography, we inspire our pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will hopefully remain with them for the rest of their lives. The aim is for the children of Broadfield Primary to apply their knowledge from their topic, to the world around them, both locally and globally. We aim to promote inquisitive minds, who will ask questions such as; What impact have we had on our local Hathershaw area and the wider world around us so far? What could/should the world be like in the future? What can we do to influence change? These connections will also be made across other subject areas such as history, PSHE, Identity and science.
As they move through the curriculum, children make connections and develop perspective and judgment. Teaching equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. By revisiting these areas of learning regularly, children will remember more, know more and understand more.
At Broadfield, we believe that good quality learning in geography, outside the classroom, adds significant value to our pupils’ learning. We use the outdoors to aid in the understanding of map reading skills and directional language to develop their fieldwork skills based on their learning. Teaching and learning in geography plans for outdoor learning opportunities using the school grounds, local area including Alexandra Park and Oldham Town Centre or the wider community to apply and explore their subject specific task.
We promote Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development and British Values through our geography curriculum:
Spiritual education in Geography inspires awe and wonder at the natural world: both at the physical and human features. It also inspires wonder of the natural environment such as rivers, mountains, hills, volcanoes and the effect of weather and climate.
Moral education in Geography provides opportunities for children to recognise that development takes place within a global context They will discover that local decisions affect, and are affected by, decisions and processes in other countries for example river and ocean pollution. Environmental relationships, in particular, provide a wealth of opportunities, for example, ‘Should the rain forest be exploited?’ ‘Is it right that some children, in the world today, still have no access to clean drinking water?’
Social education in Geography involves looking at their own lives and locality and making comparisons to others in the wider world.
Cultural education involves the study of real people in real places. It provides opportunities for multi-cultural education through recognising commonalities and differences. Geography makes a major contribution to cultural development as pupils learn about the characteristics of their local area of Hathershaw in Oldham, and why it is like that, and contrast it to neighbouring towns and more distant localities in this country and abroad.