Geography at The Grove
Aim - Why do we teach Geography?
"Children with hands-on experience learn to respect the environment."  Sue Clark
Geography is a subject ideally placed to deliver environmental education.  When children experience and understand their environment they will want to protect it.  Geography at The Grove aims to inspire in pupils a love of the amazing environment on their doorstep, including the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark and Dartmoor National Park. 
Geography at The Grove has a futures perspective.  We aim to provide children with positive, real-life experiences of addressing issues that are important to them in practical ways.  As we face the biggest environmental challenge our species has ever seen, we seek to equip children by ensuring that they understand climate change and are empowered to take action to protect the environment.
We highly value outdoor learning and aim to provide regular opportunities for fieldwork. Fieldwork immerses children in the environment and makes their learning practical, memorable and motivating.  It gives them a working knowledge of skills such as map reading, field sketching and real life purposes for computing and data handling.
The Grove Geography curriculum aims to engage children by beginning with them, their local area and issues that are relevant to them.  Geography is an art and a science, offering opportunities to study the impact of both human and physical processes on the world around us.  By the time they reach Year 6, children will understand the main physical and human processes that make their environment so special and know how it is changing. 
Geography at The Grove also aims to widen children's horizons.  They learn about unfamiliar locations, make connections between places and apply ideas they have learnt about their own environment to different settings around the world.  They learn about weather and land-use patterns.  They gain a critical understanding of global issues such as climate change, globalisation, sustainability, trade and biodiversity.  The complexity of these issues are often explored by challenging stereotypes and considering the different viewpoints of various groups of people to the same issue e.g. deforestation.
Intent - What do we teach?
We follow the National Curriculum. 
Our topics and skills progression can be found in the document below.  
Year 3 and 4 visit Dartmoor!
Year 3 and 4 took part in an exhibition across Dartmoor to find the Legendary Bowerman's Nose.
Their map work skills were AMAZING!
Year 3 and 4 have been planning routes and walking around Totnes using their maps.
They will be writing Tourist Information Leaflets for the Library......
Years 5 and 6 have been learning about rivers, coasts and the water cycle.
Years 1 and 2 have been on a walk around the local area, taking in the High Street, Leisure Centre, River Dart, the bird hide at Dartington and the steam railway station.
Have a look at their route on these fantastic maps!
We have explored lots of geographical issues this year. 
Our theme, "Respect our World" has incorporated so many different issues; from the Fairtrade assembly led by Y5 and 6, to our visitor from the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and our fundraising for orphaned African elephants. 
We have learnt so much about single use plastic and the damage plastics are causing, particularly in the oceans.  We were so inspired we have joined the Plastic Free School initiative run by Surfers Against Sewage.  Here are some photos from... 
Beech Tree Class had a fantastic day at Goodrington Sands exploring the beach and rock pools, looking for sea creatures, shells and learning about the coastal environment.