Characteristics of a Geographer
- An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like.
- An excellent understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated.
- An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
- Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical and presentational techniques.
- The ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain findings.
- Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity as shown in interpretations and representations of the subject matter.
- Highly developed and frequently utilised fieldwork and other geographical skills and techniques.
- A passion for and commitment to the subject, and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there.
- The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and the environment.
Our pupils should be able to organise their knowledge, skills and understanding around the following areas:
- Geographical skills and Fieldwork
- Physical and Human Geography
- Locational and Place Knowledge
In Key stage 1 and Lower Key stage 2 the children start by studying Local Geography, then move to UK Geography before studying the Wider World.
In Upper Key Stage 2 the children study Global Links and Location, Geographical Processes and complete a unit on climate change.
The promotion of a language rich Geography curriculum is essential to the successful acquisition of knowledge and understanding in geography. Children have access to key knowledge, language and meanings to understand Geography and to use these skills across the curriculum.
Each unit has key vocabulary that is identified and revisited throughout their time at St Joseph’s.
Aspirations For The Future
Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs.
Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Geographer:
. Town Planner
· Marine Biologist
· Helicopter Mission Controller
Through the explicit teaching of the Geography skills, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. Our assessment systems enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.
- A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school (this could be in assemblies, on displays or class blogs).
- Pupil discussions about their learning.