At Trawden Forest Primary School, children investigate a range of places – both in Britain and abroad – to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes. We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Trawden and Lancashire so that they can develop of real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
Through high quality teaching, we develop the following essential characteristics of geographers:
- An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like, both in Britain and the wider world;
- A comprehensive understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected;
- An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary;
- Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills, as well as effective presentation techniques;
- Excellent fieldwork skills as well as other geographical aptitudes and techniques.
Outdoor learning provides children with an opportunity to experience the interdisciplinary nature of the real world through interactions with each other and the planet. Geographical enquiry involves exploring the outdoors in an investigative capacity and has many benefits for pupils’ learning about the world around them.
(Sara Jose, Patricia G. Patrick, Christine Moseley. (2017) Experiential learning theory: the importance of outdoor classrooms in environmental education. International Journal of Science Education, Part B 7:3, pages 269-284)
Geography in Action