Geography is concerned with the study of places, the human and physical processes which shape them and the people who live in them. In our school, pupils begin by studying their local area and then progress to looking at contrasting localities, both within the United Kingdom and also in other parts of the world. The children learn to use maps to locate cities, countries, mountain ranges, rivers, seas and oceans.
In addition, geography helps our pupils gain a greater understanding of the ways of life and cultures of other people in other places, as well as the impact that they have on the environment. They use atlases, photos and the internet to explore the environment and economics of those countries which they study. The skills they have developed in other curriculum areas are then used to report and record their findings.
During their time at Collis the children’s geographical enjoyment and understanding is enriched by the visitors from abroad and the local community, curriculum days and school trips. In recent times we have welcomed staff from our link school in India and a bagpipe player from Scotland. Cross curricular links are forged wherever possible and often culminate in curriculum days. Year 5 enjoy a St Lucian carnival, Year 4 eat, dance sing and tell stories on their ‘India Day’ and ‘Green Day’ saw the whole school working on sustainability issues. Popular outings and trips include: walks around the local area in Year 1, a field trip on the River Thames in Year 5 and our Year 6 trip to the Isle of Wight.