What is Geography?
Geography helps us understand the world in which we live. It lets us learn about different places and people and how our lives are linked to theirs.
It helps explain why things look the way they do and gives us the knowledge we need to sustain and look after the planet which is home to us all.
We are global citizens and geography at Peponi House forms the basis of our passport, travel guide and instruction manual for this amazing planet.
This represents the broadest overview of geography and its aims at Peponi House; indeed it is the first thing written by the pupils when geography becomes a specialist taught, curriculum subject in Year 6.
More specifically the subject aims to cover all aspects of the ISEB geography syllabus in preparation for the Common Entrance and Scholarship exams in Year 8.
In preparing for, and covering, the ISEB syllabus the National Curriculum requirements for Key Stages 1 and 2 geography are far surpassed and a large proportion of the Key Stage 3 requirements are addressed.
Beginning in Year 2, through combined humanities and independent geography lessons, we begin to foster and develop a natural curiosity about the world, encouraging awe and excitement of this magnificent planet around us.
As the children grow and mature, we aim to develop their understanding of processes and features alongside specific geographical skills including mapping, location knowledge and fieldwork.
Aside from pure curriculum content, the subject of geography must be acknowledged as a powerful vehicle for the development of values and morals, especially in the context of studying contrasting countries and their people and considering the international nature of Peponi House.
Thus, aspects of citizenship, including equality and the acceptance of the rights, feelings and values of others, whose beliefs and circumstances may differ from our own, is a key part of geography teaching.
This links closely with development and the comparison between Developing and Developed Countries, and it is important that the ideas of poverty and wealth are understood on a global scale.
The physical environment is another obvious aspect of the subject and a sense of wonderment and awe must be instilled in the world around us so that an appreciation of the physical world can be fostered. Then an acceptance of our role as caretakers for the planet can be developed and sensitivity to environmental issues can grow.
Global citizenship, environmental awareness and sustainability, and a degree of political understanding are important aspects of the future of geography as a subject and they must be addressed accordingly.
Living in such a diverse physical and cultural country, which is going through dramatic and sometimes controversial development, Kenya forms a key role in all geographical learning from Year 2 to Year 8.
Geography is the best subject in the World!