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Curriculum Intent

At St. Mary's Catholic Primary school, our geography curriculum aims to:

  • Inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
  • Develop knowledge of the location of globally significant places including their physical and human characteristics.
  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of different regions.
  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography using a wide range of geographical vocabulary.
  • Use geographical skills including maps, atlases, globes, digital computer mapping (Digimaps), compasses, grid references etc.
  • Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods.

Geography is taught as a discrete subject although links are made with other subjects where possible (see Curriculum Overviews). Our school uses the Rising Stars Geography long/medium term plans as a framework for breaking down the National Curriculum programmes of study into manageable chunks. All teachers adapt this planning according to the needs of the pupils in their class including those with SEND. Planning is also adapted to consider the local context, particularly in the case of fieldwork opportunities.  Pupils learning is enriched through class trips/visits, fieldwork and workshops inspiring pupils' curiosity and fascination about their world.

Please see our topic overview below as well as the Progression Framework showing our progression of key knowledge and skills:

Geography Curriculum Map

Primary Geography National Curriculum

Geography Progression Framework

Whole School Geography Policy

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Local Places of Interest

You may wish to visit the following places with your child (linking to topics covered)-

  • Year 1: Local area walk and London/Whipsnade Zoo (where do our favourite animals live?)
  • Year 2: Visit to a pick your own farm e.g Copas Farm (Iver).
  • Year 3: Visit to the seaside (Coasts topic).
  • Year 4: Visit to a local river and Earthquake simulator (Natural History Museum).
  • Year 5: Visit to the supermaket - where does our food come from? Fair Trade product hunt.
  • Year 6: Local research - protecting the environment. Conservation sites including the WWT London Wetland Centre.