Geography’s fundamental role lies in helping children to understand the world, its environments and places near and far, and the processes that create and affect them. It encourages a holistic appreciation of how the world works and of the interconnections between concepts such as scale, community, cultural diversity, interdependence and sustainability. Geography is a subject that contextualises and extends the possibilities for developing and applying language and mathematics, and enriches understanding of, and in, subjects from science and history to art and design.
Environmental geography fulfils children’s desire to know more about their physical and human world and the interplay of those two for environmental management and sustainability. Children can begin to understand the potential of their role and the impact that they might have through their actions and interests.