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St Peter's Catholic Primary School

St Peter's Catholic Primary School

Geography

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 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.

We follow the National Curriculum for Geography. The programmes of study for key stage one and two can be found here.

Geography in KS1:

Learning in KS1 is based around half termly themes which focus on complimentary skills and knowledge from different subjects. As part of these themes, children in KS1 explore their Geography learning through a blend of direct teaching and planned activity alongside developmental activities as part of their continuous provision.

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Y1 Amazing Animals  Splendid Skies  Moon Zoom  Bright Lights, Big City Muck, Mess & Mixtures  In The Garden
Y2 Growing Up  Brilliant Britain  Dinosaur Planet  Great Explorers Nature Detectives  Sun, Sea & Sand 

You can read more on the skills and knowledge covered in each unit here.

Geography in KS2:

In KS2, as well as explicit weekly lessons, geography units feed into many other areas of the children’s learning.

  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 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.