Essential Characteristics of geographers

  • An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like.
  • An excellent understanding of the ways in which places are independent 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.

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Geography display around the school, March 2018.
Year 5 combine their Literacy and Geography skills by giving each other instructions as to how to construct a hidden volcano.
Some comments from Geography learning around the school:
"It's really snowy in the North Pole because it's not near the sun." (EYFS)
"I think it's a number one thing to study because I like learning about different countries." (Year 2)
"Knowing how to use a compass and understand map references is really important." (Year 4)
"It was great when we had a mountaineer in to talk to us about his experience of climbing Mont Blanc." (Year 6)