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“Studying geography is so important for children, regardless of their age or stage of learning. Geography helps them to make sense of the world around them and piques their curiosity in places and people.”


Iain Freeland HMI, Ofsted’s subject lead for geography



Intent - What we aim to achieve


Geography is an integral part of our curriculum. Our aim at St. Patrick's is to motivate and inspire children, equipping them with the skills they need in Geography for life. We want to instil our children with a lifelong curiosity and fascination about the world in which they live and help them to enjoy learning about different global communities and the relationships between these people and their landscapes. Through our curriculum, we want to equip children to be Global Citizens: to develop an awareness of the wider world and their place within it, encourage them to take an active role in the community and work with others to make our planet more peaceful, sustainable and fairer. We hope that our children will become passionate about the planet and actively involved in protecting the environment.


Our Geography curriculum is designed to deepen knowledge and develop key skills. We aim to ensure effective progression within each Geography unit and across all year groups. As our pupils progress through our school and increase their Geographical skills, their growing knowledge about the world will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Our School Mission Statement is at the heart of our curriculum as we seek to ‘Serve, love, learn and inspire each other to excellence’ following the example of Jesus. 


Implementation - How do we achieve our aims?


In Geography, we implement an inclusive curriculum that meets the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum, incorporating the four main areas of learning at each key stage: Place Knowledge, Locational Knowledge, Human and Physical processes and Geographical skills and Fieldwork.


Our curriculum is carefully-planned and provides literacy-rich, cross-curricular opportunities, when possible, to ensure cohesion across the whole curriculum, whilst ensuring the four key elements of Geography are taught. At the beginning of each Geography unit, children share their prior knowledge, which helps to inform planning and teaching, maintaining high standards and expectations, with continuous progression. Teachers recap previous knowledge and build on what the children already know, helping to develop a deeper understanding of key skills as the children move through the school.

A series of stimulating high quality lessons are planned, with clear knowledge and skills-based learning objectives and subject-specific vocabulary. Activities are planned to demonstrate progress, knowledge and understanding, whilst adaptive teaching ensures that the curriculum can be accessed by all of our children, to challenge and engage them at appropriate levels. For example, in Reception, the children begin to look at, and use, maps, globes and Google maps to find different countries, this progresses to drawing and labelling their own maps of mini-beasts around the school as part of a field work activity, gathering data and looking at the results. Maps and the skills to use them are built upon throughout the years, eventually resulting in Y5 and 6 children being taught the importance of contour lines, six-figure grid references, OS symbols and the importance of latitude and longitude.


Teachers assess learning in Geography against knowledge and skills-based learning objectives within unit overviews, using a combination of summative and formative assessments that can include quizzes, open questions and discussions. Also, teachers recap knowledge throughout the topic, thus checking that knowledge isn't lost, helping it to remain fresh in pupil's minds.


Our curriculum is delivered through highly effective ‘quality first teaching’ using a range of schemes and resources.  Enrichment opportunities, including outdoor learning, provide our children with rich experiences and enhance teaching, learning and knowledge. The curriculum promotes children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development, enabling them to become more reflective and responsible citizens.


Impact - How do we know if we have achieved our aims?


Our carefully-planned Geography curriculum ensures that children are competent in the geographical skills needed to collect, analyse and communicate data, and to interpret a range of geographical sources, including maps, globes and aerial photographs. Children are able to communicate information in a variety of ways including maps, numerical skills and a range of literacy skills.


Through the breadth and depth that our Geography curriculum offers, our children are provided with a broad knowledge of the world they live in, and understand, as responsible citizens, how they need to care and preserve the planet for future generations.


We use a variety of different strategies to check that the children are developing their geographical skills by using quizzes, talking to the children about their experiences and of course by showcasing their talents through their written work.


“I’m really enjoying learning about the local area where we live!” Bella


" I really enjoyed learning about contour lines and making 3D models to show what they would look like" Charles.


"Geography is surprisingly fun!" Billy


Using Atlases in Year 3

Creating 3D models of contour Lines in Year 5

Field Work in Year 1

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