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Cotmanhay Junior School

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At Cotmanhay Junior School we are passionate about inspiring children to explore their local area and the brilliant and colourful world around them. A high-quality geography education equips children with a diverse knowledge of places, people and the physical processes that shape the planet. Children at Cotmanhay are made aware of their eco-footprint and know that they have a responsibility to look after the world.

As a Derbyshire school, we are fortunate to have the Erewash Valley right on our doorstep. Pupils are made aware of Derbyshire’s historically rich and diverse nature and have a strong sense of belonging. Fieldwork is a key component of geography at our school and pupils are regularly encouraged to observe, record and measure human and physical geography. Inclusion is at the heart of our geography curriculum as pupils collaborate and work together to better understand the world and its peoples. To ensure all pupils have access to a high-quality education, lesson plans are differentiated and appropriately resourced to suit all needs and attainment levels.

During their time at Cotmanhay Junior School, pupils will develop their knowledge of significant places – both locally and globally and encounter a range of significant individuals who have contributed to the field of geography. Pupils are taught to notice every detail and interconnect relevant information from a variety of subjects. Geography nurtures the inner-explorer in every child and extends this innate curiosity beyond the classroom walls to the beautiful and diverse world around them.