Essential Characteristics of a Geographer at St. Alban's
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
At St. Alban's we use the Essential Curriculum which is built on threshold concepts for long term memory.
The essentials Curriculum follows a simple model as outlined in our
At St Alban's we use the Curriculum Companion for Geography to support our approach.
The Curriculum Companion is designed to aid teachers in helping pupils to form a Geography Schema within their long term memories. The Curriculum Companion by Robin Bone and Chris Quigley helps the children to reach the milestones at the end of Year 2 , 4 and 6 through knowledge webs and POP tasks (explained below)
Milestones are the goals that pupils are aiming for. At St.Alban's we beleive the route to those goals is not as simple as stating the goal - pupils need a strong schema, based on knowledge - vocabulary and tasks to meet the milestones. The Curriculum companion we use provides teachers with three elements to help the pupils meet the milestones.
- The knowledge needed to build an art and design schema - this is presented in various kknowledge categories
- The vocabulary needed to articulate an understanding of art and design.
- Tasks that help the teacher identify if the children have made that progress -- POP tasks or proof of progress tasks.
The Curriulum Companion for Art and Design is made up of Knowledge webs and Pop Tasks.