Geography at St Joseph’s

The subject leader is: Mrs Hayley Gilbert

At St Joseph’s, our Geography curriculum aims to provide our children with a broader, deeper understanding of the four areas of geography identified in the national curriculum. Children will develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places and understanding of the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, along with how they bring about variation and change over time. We intend to develop children’s curiosity and a fascination of the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. The units offer a range of opportunities for investigating places around the world, as well as physical and human processes. We strive to improve children’s geographical vocabulary, map skills and geographical facts and provide opportunities for consolidation, challenge and variety to ensure interest and progress in the Geography.

In KS1, our children begin to use maps and recognise physical and human features related to the local area, building to using maps to explore the continents and oceans of the world. Children will begin to compare where they live to places outside of Europe and ask and answer geographical questions. In KS2, map skills are developed further using digital maps, more keys and symbols and children begin to use more fieldwork skills. Through revisiting and consolidating skills, our learning sequences help children build on prior knowledge alongside introducing new skills and challenge. All children expand on their skills in local knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography, geographical skills and fieldwork. Across both key stages, children have a range of opportunities to experience geography through practical, engaging tasks beyond the classroom.

We encourage our children to use geographical vocabulary accurately and understand the different strands of geography, with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. They are taught the skills they need to begin to make relevant links from geography to other curriculum subjects, such as history and science. Our children will improve their enquiry skills and inquisitiveness about the world around them, and their impact on the world. At St Joseph’s, we ensure that children will realise they have choices to make in the world, developing a positive commitment to the environment and the future of the planet. They will become competent in collecting, analysing and communicating a range of data gathered and will be able to interpret a range of sources of geographical information, communicating geographical information in a variety of ways.