At HBJS, we believe that Geography plays an integral role in our children’s learning and understanding of the world. We learn about Geography in many diverse ways; through outdoor learning, discussion, map work and increasingly through the use of ICT. We believe that a broad and varied approach to learning, accompanied by a wider curriculum, enables the children to understand both their local area and world around them. We believe that a high-quality Geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
We strive to ensure that our teaching of Geography equips the children with knowledge and understanding about diverse places, people, resources and natural environments. We encourage the children to become both curious and observant of the natural world and to recognise the changing and contrasting seasons we experience. We discuss the many similarities and differences between Herne Bay and other coastal towns, both in the UK and worldwide, which include land use, settlement, habitat and people. Within our topic approach, children are able to make links between Geography and other areas of the curriculum.
Please take a look at our Geography Progression of Knowledge and Skills document which shows the areas of learning for each year group.
We truly believe that Geography can foster a greater sense of responsibility in our children about the environment we enjoy and by learning how we can all contribute to a better future for everyone is a key part of our vision for the Geography curriculum at HBJS. We encourage all of our children to observe and explore the outside world and recognise the identified link between spending time in nature and the positive impact this has on our mental health.
Follow the links below to get some ideas as to how you can get your children outdoors and explore the wonderful places we live.
Geography and Outdoor Education Links for Parents
For lots of great family, fun-filled days out and free ideas and activities to get your children outside visit:
For the more adventurous children out there, why not join in the world of Geocaching!
Join in the treasure hunt for millions of caches hidden all over the world, use GPS mapping on your device and teach your children all about reading maps and using GPS positioning systems. A great way to enjoy the outdoors with your children!
For local nature reserves visit:
Are your children particularly interested in the natural world? Why not contact Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust and enquire about their Wildlife Explorers programmes for children. Find out more here:
Enjoy the famous white cliffs at Samphire Hoe, why not try fossil hunting?
If you have any further questions about our geography curriculum please contact the school office.