Why do we teach geography at Mersea Island School?
At Mersea Island School, we want our children to receive a high-quality geography education so that all pupils are fluent in the fundamentals of geography, have the ability to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding in a range of meaningful contexts and raise questions about the world around them. We also want pupils to have an appreciation of geography and aim to nurture a sense of fun and excitement about their surroundings, both near and far. We want the children to see geography as being relevant to their world and applicable to everyday life, as well as being something that they learn through school and ultimately can take into the world of employment and beyond. We are developing our curriculum to be more enquiry based so that children are given the opportunity, where appropriate, to take real ownership of their learning, to generate questions that they want answered and to present their findings to a range of audiences, in different ways. As they progress through the school, children will draw on previous learning, not only from geography lessons but other related subjects and combine that with new skills to complete a range of tasks.
We recognise our school has a unique setting and use the local environment as a rich learning resource. We are mindful that our pupils need to be aware of the cultural diversity which exists beyond the island and actively seek opportunities to deepen our pupils’ awareness, understanding and tolerance of the multicultural world in which we live.