Geography at Gresham

Geography provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved. Geography explores the relationship between the Earth and its people, stimulates curiosity and imagination and we aim to build upon the child's "personal geography" by developing geographical skills, understanding and knowledge through studying places and themes.

As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.

Geography at Gresham provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds, using different scales of enquiry to view them from different perspectives. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, and a range of investigative and problem-solving skills both inside and outside the classroom.

Through our teaching of Geography, we aim to provide the children with opportunities to work through the essential elements and concepts of Geography are built upon throughout their time at Gresham which are:

  • to develop their location knowledge, including cities, countries, continents and oceans;
  • to learn graphic skills, including how to use, draw and interpret maps;
  • to increase the children’s knowledge of other cultures, and in so doing, teach a respect and understanding of what it means to be an informed citizen in a multi-cultural country;
  • to use fieldwork and geographical skills to learn about the local area;
  • to encourage children to know and understand environmental problems on a local, regional and global scale;
  • to encourage in children a commitment to sustainable development and an appreciation of what ‘global citizenship’ means.