From the moment we are born, it is our instinct to begin to explore our world around us with all our senses.
At Sparrow Farm Infant and Nursery School we feel it is important to nurture and encourage that natural curiosity, to shape and direct it to turn the children into inquisitive, questioning learners who look closely at the world around them and begin to be able to interpret what they see. As a whole school we look at countries around the world and learn about the similarities and differences between British culture and others, for example on our whole-school theme days like Diwali Day and Mardi Gras Day.
In Reception, Geography comes under the curriculum area of ‘Understanding the World,’ providing links with science and history. We encourage the children to explore our outdoor area and investigate the plants and animals that we find there – we draw them, label them, research them, make homes for them and follow the children’s interests in learning more about them. We introduce the beginnings of map work, encouraging children to look closely at what they see and to draw it accurately.
In Key Stage 1 we begin to draw and interpret maps and to develop a variety of other skills through our topic work, including those of enquiry, problem-solving, investigating and presenting our work, calling on skills learned in Mathematics and English and applying them in new ways.
At Sparrow Farm Infant and Nursery School we also aim to instill in children a sense of environmental responsibility and encourage them to understand environmental issues at a local and global level. We have started an Eco-Committee made up of two children from each class, who are beginning to look at important areas such as our energy efficiency and reducing litter around the school.
Running through all of our Geography work at Sparrow Farm Infant and Nursery School is the idea that we encourage our children to be curious about their world, both physical and human, so that they can take an active part in contributing to and protecting this world as they grow up.