In our school we encourage children to gain an awareness of the world around them and to think about the effect people have upon it. We aim to involve children in investigative and problem solving activities involving their environment. We give children opportunities to ask questions and find out the answers. As a school we use a range of resources to stimulate the children, including maps, photographs, DVDS, artefacts, books and the internet.
We also believe in using people and their experiences as a resource and our children participate in a range of visits to learn about geography through firsthand experience. Our field trip to Aylmerton, in Norfolk, for Year five children has a specific geographical focus and enables the children to experience both physical and human geography.
We ensure that children have opportunities to experience the subject in a variety of forms that are appropriate to their level of development. This includes activities that are written, artistic, dramatic, and which are actively linked to outdoor learning. For example, Nursery and Reception children explore the immediate school environment and walk to Willala House, in Year 1 the children venture slightly further to the library in Canvey town centre, and Year 2 children walk around to investigate the beach and wider local area. In Year 3 they visit ,in Year 4 the children journey to London to the British Museum, in Year 5 to Norfolk and in Year 6 the children visit Kingswood in Kent. Road safety awareness is also taught throughout the school both through visitors from the LA and group work to develop skills with specific children.