Geography is simply about the world in which we live.
At Beeston we aim to inspire children to take an active role in learning about our planet and the landscapes, peoples, places and environment that exist. The brief is uniquely expansive but no less exciting for that and research opportunities afforded by the Internet allow us to cast our net widely in seeking answers to questions about the world.
Running parallel to the covering of physical, human and environmental themes we allow ourselves on occasions to be distracted by world events and those questions that all inquisitive children have.
The North Norfolk coastline is 604m from our front door
”Will the School sink into the sea in 604 years? (rate of erosion here is 1m per year). Warm water shark filmed in Norfolk beach pool – is this global warming? Will the farmers of the future harvest the sun instead of crops?” (increase in Norfolk solar panel fields).
It is quite essential that we use the local area to help supplement our studies, and close to our school we are blessed with some of the most magnificent geographical features. Six hundred and four metres from the school front door (we use Google Earth a lot!) is the North Norfolk coastline, an outstanding resource for observing the coastal processes in action. This stretch of the British Isles provides us with much ‘real world’ learning and the trips beyond the school gate are much anticipated. In addition, Broadland river valleys, Blakeney Point Spit, local glaciated features (including ‘death hill’ – part of the School Cross Country Course) and a countryside pocketed with numerous villages and small market towns make the extending of classroom a seamless experience.
The programme of study is based on the National Curriculum, covering Key Stages 1 – 3 and culminating in the Common Entrance and Scholarship Exams.
In summary, the essence of teaching the subject at Beeston is understanding that;
“… geography is about more than just memorising 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 and bring people together”.