Our Geography teaching is designed to stimulate the children’s interest and develop their understanding about the world, both in Britain and the wider world. Pupils consider how their locality is similar and different to other localities both near and far, and how beliefs and cultures vary around the world. Such studies should help the children to understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society.
At SSPP, we want our children to be fascinated about the world and the people in it. Their curiosity should last the rest of their lives. Our children should know about the diversity of places, people and natural and human environments. They should also understand physical and human processes of the planet Earth.
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.
The objectives of teaching Geography in our school are to:
- Offer a high-quality geography education that inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
- Equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
- Develop their growing knowledge about the world that will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Provide the Geographical knowledge, tools and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils;
- Develop contextual knowledge of the location of places, seas and oceans, including their defining physical and human characteristics;
- Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
- Ensure pupils are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
- collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
- interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps and writing at length.