All children to develop a deeper understanding of their local environment and the diverse surroundings in the wider world, with appreciation to human and physical characteristics. 

At St Joseph’s, we provide pupils with a progressive and sequential Scheme of Work which has been written by the subject leader to meet the needs of all pupils. Through the teaching of Geography, we develop individual’s cultural capital by delving into children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Children investigate a range of places – both in Britain and abroad – to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s physical and human processes. We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Aldershot, understanding where it is located in the UK and wider world, so that they can develop a real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique and special.

At St Joseph’s we use a range of pedagogical practices in the teaching of Geography to ensure that we are successful with our intent. Geography is taught in context through a variety of individual, group and whole class activities. Active participation is encouraged through questioning and answering and investigating both primary and secondary resources, giving children memorable experiences, whilst ensuring that key knowledge is transferred to children’s long-term memory.


St Joseph’s aims to implement and develop the following essential characteristics of geographers:

  • A 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;
  • As with all subjects, reading is imperative and emphasis is put on developing pupils’ fluency of age appropriate geographical terms. The ability to use appropriate and accurate geographical vocabulary, develops and evolves from EY to KS1 and through to KS2.
  • The skills to use and interpret a wide range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs.
  • The understanding and ability to describe physical geography such as seasonal and daily weather patterns, climate zones, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earth quakes and the water cycle.
  • The understanding and ability to describe human geography such as types of settlement and land use, economic activity and the distribution of natural resources.
  • Curriculum enrichment – providing links with other subjects and geography.

Every year group has access to a range of resources including World, European and/or UK maps, globes, pictures and aerial photographs and digimaps, which enables a fun and interactive way of learning for each and every pupil at St Joseph’s.

Please click here to view our school Geography Policy.

Updated September 2021.