We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become geographers:

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of the world, both human and physical aspects, as well as their own sense of place, using key geographical vocabulary
  • Be able to identify pattern from a range of sources and compare and contrast different places/areas, giving reasons for their observations using prior knowledge to make connections
  • A developing sense of curiosity about the world and how and why people and places are different or have changed
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate events in the news linked to their learning by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry

Teachers use questioning to provide opportunities for discussion, investigation and support the development of vocabulary. Key geographical knowledge and language is revisited throughout the key stages to ensure children develop a well-rounded understanding. Tasks are varied to support, scaffold and deepen learning. Fieldwork in both the school grounds and wider community allows children to have first-hand experiences and enhances the teaching and learning of geography.

Children will learn to be active participants as investigators in geographical enquiry not just passive recipients of knowledge.