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St Peter's Catholic Primary School

St Peter's Catholic Primary School

Geography

St Peter’s Curriculum Intent

Throughout the school, our work is based on values which are shared by all staff. It is our belief that our curriculum should:

  • · Ensure that children have the knowledge and skills needed to achieve their best, both now and in the future;
  • · Give children the opportunity to learn about the wider world and their place within it, developing care for others and an understanding of social justice;
  • Develop and value the whole child and will enable them to flourish as individuals.

To read more about out aims and curriculum intent, please visit our curriculum page.


Geography: Purpose of Study

A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.

Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.


Geography: Aims

The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • ·develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
  • · understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
  • · are competent in the geographical skills needed to: collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
  • · interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Geography at St Peter's

At St. Peter’s we believe that geography is a crucial area of learning for our pupils and we are committed to providing all children with opportunities to engage in the subject. Geography has extraordinary educational potential for informing our children as they grow up and become citizens of the world.

The subject is so much more than pure locational knowledge. Geography not only helps pupils understand the awe-inspiring enormity and power of nature, such as earthquakes, volcano eruptions and tsunamis, but also the human impact of these events too. It challenges pupils with real-world issues that are local and relatable to them as well as global. The subject highlights the importance of communication and information sharing, in addition to providing children with practical, useful, field-work skills.

Most significantly, our children live in a time where looking after our planet is more important than ever, it is only right that we give them the knowledge and tools to do so.

Our units for KS1 are as follows:

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Our units for KS2 are:

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 3 The United Kingdom Extreme Earth Wonderful World
Year 4

Land Use and
Settlements

The Americas Water
Year 5 All Around the World Energy and the Environment Eastern Europe
Year 6 Trade and Economics Our Changing World  

In every unit, key knowledge and vocabulary is taught as outlined in knowledge organisers.

Children in KS1 embed their geography learning as part of their continuous provision. In KS2, as well as explicit weekly lessons, geography units feed into many other areas of the children’s learning.

Children write both non-fiction and creative pieces about their units, class-readers are often based in the given topic. Art and design projects are frequently geography-inspired too.