Our intent is for Longwick children to leave our school ‘SEEing’ the world as Geographers. This is done by providing rich learning opportunities for children to understand how Social, Economic and Environmental factors all interlink to shape our every changing world. We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Longwick and its surrounding area so that they can develop a real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special. Our Geography curriculum is designed to develop children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Through high quality teaching, we develop the following essential characteristics of geographers:
An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like, both in Britain and the wider world;
A comprehensive understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected;
An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary;
Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills, as well as effective presentation techniques;
The ability to reach clear conclusions and explain their findings;
Excellent fieldwork skills as well as other geographical aptitudes and techniques;
The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in facts, providing detailed knowledge and understanding about current issues in society and the environment;
A genuine interest in the subject and a real sense of curiosity about the world and the people who live here.
Through a bespoke curriculum developed by all teachers across the key stage's geography lessons will use:
Integrated Approach: Our curriculum is designed to integrate social, economic, and environmental elements within geography lessons. By highlighting the interconnectedness of these factors, we encourage students to ‘SEE’ the bigger picture and understand how each aspect influences the others.
Thematic Studies: We use thematic studies to explore real-world issues that demonstrate the interplay between social, economic, and environmental factors. Themes such as climate change, migration, resource distribution, and urbanization help students connect theoretical knowledge to practical applications.
Geographic Inquiry: We foster geographic inquiry by encouraging students to investigate real-world problems and challenges. Through data analysis, fieldwork, and research, learners gain insights into how human actions impact landscapes, communities, and ecosystems.
Case Studies: By using case studies from different regions and cultures, we facilitate cross-cultural understanding and demonstrate the global relevance of interconnectedness. This approach allows students to compare and contrast diverse socio-economic and environmental contexts.
Community Engagement: We encourage students to engage with their local communities to recognize the interdependence between human activities and the environment. Field trips and projects with community partners foster a sense of responsibility towards their surroundings.
Hands-on Learning: Practical activities, such as map reading, geographical simulations, and model building, enable students to grasp complex concepts and visualize how social, economic, and environmental factors interact.
Use of Technology: We integrate technology to access real-time data, maps, and visualizations, enhancing students' understanding of global issues and the interconnectedness of the world.
Sustainable Practices: Our curriculum emphasizes sustainable practices and responsible citizenship. Students learn about the impact of human actions on the environment and explore ways to promote eco-friendly behaviors both locally and globally.
Global Perspective: We encourage students to develop a global perspective by exploring the challenges faced by different regions and considering the role of international cooperation in addressing global issues.
Examples of great Geography work at Longwick
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.
Aspirations For The Future
Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs.
Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Geographer:
· Marine Biologist
· Helicopter Mission Controller