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Geography in Action

Here at St Bart’s, children are happy learners within Geography. They experience a wide range of learning challenges within the subject and know appropriate responses to them, such as informed choices regarding current environmental issues e.g. limiting the use of plastics or the importance of recycling. Children, who attend Geography Club, created some recycling posters. The posters give detailed guidance on what can be recycled and how to reduce and reuse our waste. As followers of Christ, we understand that we are called to look after and protect the world God has given us.

We are proud that our pupils have links with a number of countries around the world and they approach geography lessons with enthusiasm, keen to learn more about the world around them. We believe that we are beautifully made in the image and likeness of God and that each one of us is unique. God created us as one global family, called to support our brothers and sisters. We are encouraged to ask, ‘Who is our neighbour?’ We think how we can serve the local, national and global communities of which we are a part.

Geography is taught individually but plays a key role in the achievement of the learning aims of the RE curriculum. We believe that the Earth is our common home and that we should use its resources wisely. It is our Christian vocation to care for creation, live sustainably and enhance the wellbeing of our planet. Children who attend Geography Club planted some tulips and trees on our playground as they understand the rights and responsibilities everyone have as global citizens.

As part of St Peter’s enrichment day – HOW PLANES FLY- each child created a UK passport and Flight Boarding Pass choosing a place of destination. They had so much fun looking at digital maps to find interesting countries and some of them decided to fly to Nigeria, Spain or Poland.

St Paul's, St George's and St Peter's classes have been studying polar regions in their Geography lessons in the Autumn term. They learnt about where they are located on a map as well as some of the physical features such as glaciers. They also learnt about some of the towns found in the Arctic and they compared these to London. Finally, they used all that they have learnt this term to make some fantastic shoe box habitats - even including a brilliant penguin model made out of clay! The children have also learnt about climate change. Due to climate change, the polar ice caps are melting as the regions become warmer. They have learnt how people and animals are affected by climate change. Many indigenous people rely on local wildlife, like fish and reindeer, as the main part of their diet. As the number of animals decreases, the amount of available food also goes down. The melting ice is also causing sea levels to rise, which in turn causes flooding.