The intention of the Geography Curriculum at St Anselm’s Primary School is to inspire our children with a fascination and curiosity about the world around them that will stay with them throughout their lives. The teaching of geography should provide children with the cultural capital that they will need to succeed in their lives beyond primary education. Through trips, visits and discussions of current affairs, children should become engaged with the world around them, at a local, national and international level. We want them to be able to speak in a confident and knowledgeable manner about a range of geographical topics. We aim to ignite a love for people and places through clearly sequenced schemes of learning thereby equipping children with geographical skills to develop their interest and understanding about the world through studying the Earth’s human and physical forms and processes.
We want our children to develop an enjoyment of practical experiences through local fieldwork studies and in our wider community in Harrow and London which offers an abundance of geographical features.
Through our curriculum, we enable the children to become Global Citizens encouraging them to play an active role within the community and to educate others through our ‘Green Ambassador’ programme helping to shape a more sustainable and hopeful future for all on Earth.
At St Anselm’s Primary School, we believe that the geography curriculum should be inclusive of all learners. Our school mission statement ‘Learning and growing together through prayer, belief and love’ contributes to the moral, social, spiritual and cultural life of the children who come from a variety of different cultures and backgrounds. Therefore, it is a prerequisite that they have a wealth of knowledge of different backgrounds and learn to have tolerance and understanding of other people and locations. Our school, in Harrow is very fortunate to live in an environment rich in culture and diversity and to embrace the opportunities this provides us.
‘The study of geography is more than just memorizing places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides that bring people together’. Barack Obama