We want to develop pupils’ fascinatoin and love for the places, processes and people that make up our planet. Our aim is for pupils to gain knowledge and a good understanding of the global world, using a range of practical skills to help them explore both human and physical features around them.
In EYFS, pupils learn about their immediate environment and local area and talk about the similarities and differences which they can see around them. Pupils are encouraged to explore the wider world through discussing their own experiences of holidays, visits and books.
In KS1, pupils use simple fieldwork (covid permitting) and observation skills to learn about key human and physical geographical features in our local area. Through map skills, pupils develop their use of directional language and knowledge of points of the compass. Pupils widen their geographical knowledge by learning about countries in the United Kingdom and the Coasts and Seas which surround them. Pupils explore the contrasts between rural and urban settings before investigating the wider global world and its features.
In KS2, pupils learn about other, more distant countries, climate, major cities and significant human and geographical features of Europe, North America and South America. Pupils study both the human and physical geography of these continents and compare different regions of the globe. Aspects of physical geography are further explored in units on Volcanoes, Rivers and Earthquakes and trade and economic links are investigated in a study of the Journey of Food around the World. Building on the skills they have acquired in KS1, pupils use atlases, globes, and digital technologies to enhance their understanding of the world around them. Local visits provide opportunities for pupils to develop fieldwork skills of observation, recording and measuring the world around them.
Dormers Wells Primary School is a Right Respecting School we follow the UN Conventions Rights for children where we teach children about rights, through rights and for rights. We believe children who have understanding of their rights also understand how others and how they should be treated. Also, we aim to create a safe environment and atmosphere for our children. Rights Respecting gives children a voice to express themselves and challenge any injustices. They feel empowered to access information and make informed decisions about their learning, health and wellbeing. As a school, we want to equip our children to advocate for rights where they can promote equality, fairness and safety.
Article 28 – Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free and different forms of secondary education must be available to every child. Discipline in schools must respect children’s dignity and their rights.
Article 29 – Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.