'A footprint means pressing down and global means world, so 'global footprint' means pressing down on the world and we don't want to press too hard' (child's definition of a Global Footprint)
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Talking Place

Rationale for making place based learning happen through enquiry  


Pupils’ mental maps of their place connect features and patterns that matter to them. Their feelings about their place are expressed from the heart as well as head.  Fieldwork local to a school engages pupils in the same way.  The enquiry base structure involves pupils in developing a sense of place, while recording data or photographic images, then analysing and presenting their findings.   As pupils learn more about their place and the people who live there they become more aware of the rich diversity of their global connections and have a better understanding of “Why is this place like it is.”

Practical experience of effective fieldwork (scientific, environmental and geographical) can offer rigorous enquiry in the local place by building on personal connections.  Pupils are encouraged to think critically as they connect with everyday geographies in their place.  Already curiosity has been stimulated, imagination is aroused and significant partnership with Global Learning will ensure that complex issues are put into a meaningful context through world knowledge and a sense of place.  

Ofsted Recommendations in 2011:

Schools should

  • Ensure that geography enables pupils to recognise their contribution and responsibilities for their locality, their country, and the global community
  • Maximise opportunities for fieldwork
  • Focus strongly on developing pupils’ core knowledge in geography , particularly their sense of place  

Key concepts which underpin the study of geography   -

  • Place, space, scale, interdependence, physical and human processes, environmental interaction and sustainable development, cultural understanding and diversity.
  • In order for pupils to make progress a number of key processes are set down. These essential skills include geographical enquiry, fieldwork and out-of-class learning, graphicacy and visual literacy as well as geographical communication