What Geography looks like at St John’s
At St.John’s we believe that the learning of Geography should inspire pupils to have a curiosity and fascination about the world in which they live. Geographers at St. John’s will get a wider perspective on their world and it will stimulate their interest into finding out more by seeing, doing, enquiring and experiencing. Alongside important geographical knowledge, children are encouraged to develop transferable skills they can use across the curriculum and in later life, such as asking perceptive questions, thinking critically and examining evidence.
Geography is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum. The fundamental knowledge, skills and understanding of the subject are set out in the National Curriculum programmes of study.
Our Aims and Purposes
At St John’s, our aim for Geography is:
- To develop pupils’ geographical knowledge and understanding.
- To help develop a sense of place, through learning about the local area.
- To develop a sense of responsibility in caring for the Earth.
- To acquire knowledge and understanding about physical and human processes.
- To acquire knowledge of geographical language, concepts and skills, including location of places and how to use, draw and interpret maps.
- To develop awareness and appreciation of the ethnic and cultural diversity of society.
- To fill any gaps in children’s own experiences of the world.
- To provide children with opportunities to make informed choices about their next stages of their learning and their career. Teachers will make explicit the careers that can stem from learning in Geography.
How can I support my child with Geography?
You are already an accomplished geographer! Your daily life provides you with rich geographical experiences. As you navigate your way around your local area, as you make sense of world news, the way in which you respond to the weather forecast, these are all invaluable skills you can pass onto your child.
- Talk about the local area when you are out and about.
- Share road maps/sat nav maps when going on a journey.
- Talk about holiday destinations and compare them with your home town.
- Discuss the weather and watch weather forecasts together.
- Hunt for signs when you are on a journey.
- Collect postcards of place and make a place scrapbook.
- Look at food items and talk about where they come from.
- The list is endless! In a nutshell you can help your children by encouraging them to ask and try to answer questions about the world in which we live. And I say to myself what a wonderful world!
Take a look at our website suggestions for the budding geographer:
KS1 and KS2