‘The study of geography is about 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 and bring people together.’ – Barack Obama
At Ringway, we believe the study of Geography is incredibly important to help children not only to understand the world around them but also their place in it. Our aim is to spark an interest in places near and far that then develops into a fascination and desire to explore.
In our ever - changing world, children need the knowledge, understanding, skills and self - belief to make sense of the world and to be able to persevere with the challenges and changes faced in their own communities and those in the wider-world. We provide children with opportunities to use a range of geographical skills such as map reading, using compasses and fieldwork to help them in their research both independently and when collaborating as a team. By investigating and questioning both human and physical characteristics of the places they study, children gain the ability to understand the world and consider how it changes over time. They can then creatively apply their knowledge from their topic to the world around them locally and globally to consider what the world could/ should be like in the future and consider their part in influencing change.
As we strive for excellence through children’s study of geography, we also help to nurture children’s core values of respect and equality. We believe that as they find their place in the world, the understanding and appreciation of other cultures and their diversity will be vitally important to their own personal growth and hope it will remain with them for the rest of their lives.