We aim to deliver a high-quality geography education that engages, inspires, and challenges our pupils, providing them with the knowledge and skills to engage and develop an understanding of the world around them. At SFSM, we want all of our children to have an understanding of how humans shape the world and know their place within it. Our Geography curriculum will be full of topics that foster awe and wonder and drive children to ask the question why. The Geography topics will help children to gain an understanding of the world around them and the process of change, as well as their own place within the world and the challenges of their time.
At SFSM, we will ensure excellence in teaching and learning within a high-quality learning environment, through leadership and within all aspects of school life. We celebrate our pupils’ ability to ask and answer geographical questions and through exciting curriculum opportunities that cover all aspects of Geography including field work, visits and visitors, we foster a deeper understanding of the world around them.
We create a positive atmosphere where everyone feels happy, safe and valued; where consistent encouragement, praise and effective feedback lead to success and development in geographical understanding.
We allow children to explore through stimulating learning environments, the use of technology and through first-hand experience. They encounter challenging and creative learning experiences. Through the study of local and more distant places, pupils begin to develop a geographical understanding and knowledge that impacts on their own development in the subject.
Spirituality in Geography
The study of geography is not limited to merely the physical environment but also includes the social, cultural, and spiritual aspects of the world. Geography has a significant role in teaching children about their place in the world and their connection to the environment and others.
In geography, pupils learn about different cultures and their spiritual beliefs that shape their worldview. For example, they can explore how religion and spirituality have influenced landscape and settlement patterns such as the location of holy sites, pilgrimage routes, and the design of sacred buildings. Additionally, they can examine how religion and spirituality have governed attitudes towards natural resources and the environment, including the practices of environmental conservation and preservation.
Furthermore, geography can provide the opportunity for children to engage in mindfulness and contemplation practices related to nature and their environment. Such exercises can foster a spiritual connection and appreciation for the environment and help children develop a sense of responsibility towards the planet.
Spirituality plays a crucial role in geography at SFSM, providing children with a broader understanding of their place in the world, and promoting harmony and reverence for the environment.