‘In an ever-changing world, we must be able to make sense of the challenges that we face and suggest ways to resolve them, to create a sustainable future for us all.’ (Hatwood, 2019)
At Smarden, we aim to teach children to think geographically. But what does this mean? Learning to think geographically requires employing three threads of geographical knowledge together.
We are aware of the school’s unique physical and cultural location. We are a small, rural and mainly farming community, in the heart of the beautiful Kent countryside. We aim to provide a geography curriculum that is relevant to the children’s lives. It starts from what they know and moves on to consider national and international issues. We want pupils to appreciate the beauty of their surroundings and learn to safeguard the environment in which we live. It is important that pupils have opportunities to consider how the environmental impact of human actions can be minimised and understand food, farming and local issues.
However, Smarden is also geographically and culturally tucked far away from the rest of the world. The aim of the Geography curriculum therefore is to bring the world to Smarden’s pupils, to broaden their horizons, to show them contrasting localities, to allow opportunities to develop cultural understanding and diversity. Only through opening their eyes to the rest of the planet, will pupils truly appreciate the importance of fighting for their way of life.