At Wells we strive to give our pupils a life-long interest in the lives of other people from around the world and a sense of their own identity.
The world has become a smaller place; many of our children have parents who were born abroad and the Internet has enabled classrooms to link up across the globe. For example, we have shared lessons with a school in the Himalayas and watched a dance performed for us by Indian school children. In our Geography lessons we want our children to become more aware of who they are and where they are in relation to the world.
Through Geography, we are able to teach pupils about our ecological responsibilities; in Year 3 and 4, for example, pupils learn about the effects of deforestation, and in Years 5 and 6, children learn about the importance of water.
Each year topics are planned for the children to develop their enquiry skills. Pupils are taught to ask questions and learn more about other places by comparing different photographs, maps, charts, data, television programmes, Internet sites such as ‘Google Earth’ and by having first hand experiences. As they grow older, our children develop a wider geographical vocabulary to help explain their findings. We can also challenge any generalisations or stereo-types they may have about other countries. We encourage our pupils to develop a real interest in and empathy for the lives of other children from around the world.