Our learning of Geography is achieved through the vehicle of 'Mantle of the Expert': a creative and stimulating approach which enables children, through their natural propensity for imaginative role play, to understand how physical processes have shaped our planet over time and affected the growth and development of humanity. Please see the Mantle of the Expert section for examples of children learning and teaching each other about Geography.
At Our Lady of Hartley, the children are introduced to the seasons through the context of how Christmas is celebrated around the world. We start to think about environments and how to protect them through our Eco Hero topic. We begin to look at the differences between countries by exploring the countries of Great Britain and Ireland followed by France and Italy.
Through our 'Mantle of the Expert' approach to learning, we enable the children to appreciate and use the connections between geography and other areas of knowledge and skill. Cross-curricular links are developed with subjects including history, art, PSHE, design and technology, literacy and maths.
In particular, we explore the fascinating connections between history and geography as the children begin to understand how human development has been shaped by our environment and how we can gain a deeper understanding of our role in society through exploring the experiences and legacy of people who lived before us. Many of the tasks our children tackle in Geography lessons draw upon this understanding.