At Great Missenden we believe Geography to be an essential part of the curriculum that should inspire in our pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Our teaching aims to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
Opportunities for developing geographical knowledge, skills and vocabulary are built into our creative curriculum topics and all year groups plan regular topic-related visits and trips. Topics include Local Area studies, the Seaside, Rainforests, Earthquakes and Volcanoes, Modern Britain and geographical aspects of more history-centred topics such as Early Islamic Civilisation, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Roman Britain and Ancient Greece.
As a Green Flag Eco-School, knowledge and understanding of environmental issues and the children’s sense of responsibility for caring for the environment is further developed through activities and initiatives led by our eco-warriors.
Having a sense of identity and community are important aspects of the geography curriculum and, with community being one of Great Missenden’s school values, we strive to provide numerous opportunities for the children to develop their links with and understanding of their local community, including regular visits to Abbeyfield, to St Peter & St Paul’s Church and involvement in village events such as the annual Great Missenden Christmas Festival.
Respect is another of our school’s key values, and understanding of and respect for the social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity of their own country and the wider world is further developed through collective worship, RE and our PSHE curriculum.