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“The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exist across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.” - Barack Obama


Geography inspires pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet.


We all live our lives geographically. Planet Earth is our home. It is awesome, diverse, inspiring and ever changing. Studying Geography at Burnside Primary School invites pupils to participate more fully in the excitement, enjoyment and challenge of this dynamic world. We aim to draw on personal experience, to help pupils better understand the places we live in, why they matter and how they are connected to a globalised world. 


Our geography draws from across the physical, social, cultural, economic and political spheres to illuminate key issues of the present and the future. This is explored at all scales from the personal, to the local and the global. Through geography, we want our pupils to learn to appreciate the diversity of landscapes, peoples and cultures. Geography is therefore a vital subject for 21st century global citizens, enabling our pupils to face questions of what it means to live sustainably in an interdependent world. 


Our Geography Curriculum aims to help pupils investigate and to think critically and creatively about the complexities of places, and different views and feelings relating to places. Our curriculum is rooted in enquiry; beginning in EYFS, our pupils are encouraged to formulate effective questions and be inquisitive. Fieldwork and outdoor education are essential to geography teaching at Burnside. They help to foster our pupils' love and care for the natural world. 


Our curriculum aims to develop significant elements of geographical skills, with a strong emphasis on utilising maps, including digital mapping software, data collection and analysis. Our intent is that these transferable geographical skills will help to equip our pupils for lifelong learning as responsible global citizens.

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