Our aim at Drake is that Geography will inspire students to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.
The Early Years Foundation Stage areas of learning and National Curriculum programme of study for Geography provide an exciting basis for the skills, knowledge and understanding which Drake children will learn during their time here. At Drake we want to ensure this learning is contextualised into a growing global awareness and support our learners to become responsible citizens. The Geography curriculum will inspire children with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, as well as children discovering their place within. Drake geographers will become independent learners with the ability to question, investigate and think critically about issues affecting a dynamically changing world.
In every year group, the curriculum is mapped into topics with learning objectives covering the four curriculum areas (locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills and fieldwork). The topics are planned to systematically progress children’s geographical skills and knowledge throughout their time at Drake. They are chosen with careful consideration given to the variety, location and scale of case studies used. This starts with looking at their local geography and place in the world and develops to looking at situations within the global context.
The school has a large and diverse school grounds, including a school Forest school area, and allotments, provide excellent opportunities for fieldwork at a local level. Alongside this fieldwork with the local area of Thetford gives many physical and human geography opportunities including river studies and local land-use analysis. We would like our pupils to explore and understand local social and geographical issues, exploring housing, and communities. Every classroom has a world map and age appropriate atlases which provide opportunities for connected geographical learning across the curriculum and support students to embed knowledge.
The school has an active eco-council who promote geographical and environmental projects and capture the issues that are most important to their peers.