As a multicultural school, we want the children to develop a mutual respect of all cultures, as well as learn key physical and human geographical features of the world.
We provide an engaging Geography curriculum that inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. A curriculum which equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources, natural and human environments. In addition, it provides children with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Through their growing knowledge about the world, children should deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks that explain how the vast array of the Earth’s features are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
During their time at Saint Joseph’s, the Borough, children will be provided with the rich learning experiences that develop critical thinking skills, and geographical knowledge and understanding. Lessons across both key stages will follow the knowledge, understanding and skills as outlined in the National Curriculum. Topics are clearly mapped out to ensure clear as children move through the school.
Teachers ensure that there are well planned sequences with clear, consistent and explicit outcomes providing the children with a range of mapping activities, enquiry and research tasks. The children are encouraged to make comparisons of local and global locations, including defining physical and human characteristics. Children interpret a range geographical information sources and are given opportunities to learn about physical and human processes change over time. Across the wider curriculum, links are routinely made to provide further opportunities to develop geographical vocabulary, critical thinking skills and the application of their understanding through a range of creative activities. In addition, topic specific vocabulary and key concepts are provided.
To enrich the curriculum further where possible, trips and workshops are planned. These include exploration of the local area, trips to the River Thames, woodlands and the London Aquarium. These visits often incorporate fieldwork which provides the children with opportunities to follow a line of enquiry, ask questions, think critically, collect evidence, make conclusions and develop practical skills.