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Our Geography Curriculum Aims to:

At St Joseph’s our intention is to develop the children’s knowledge and skills to become geographers. We have created a diverse curriculum that builds on a progression of key knowledge, skills, concepts and vocabulary. It develops investigative and problem-solving skills alongside teaching ways of communicating and evidencing geographical information; such as written work, map work, numerical and quantitative data. The children will learn to make sense of the world in which they live, on a local, national and global level; it will inspire them to think about their place in the world, their values, rights and responsibilities, particularly the environmental and sustainability concerns that will affect the future. We encourage critical thinking and perceptive questioning, asking them to weigh evidence to develop their own opinions and judgements.


How is our Geography Curriculum Planned:

Across the school we use a wide range of starting points for our planning which we then build on to create medium term planning that is relevant to, and enhances the experiences of, our children. We ensure coverage of knowledge, vocabulary and skills through a range of exciting activities, theme days, workshops and field trips in order to fully immerse them in each topic. To enable the children to express this knowledge and understanding, we teach a progression of oracy and metacognition skills throughout their wider learning. 


Progression Framework

Please see our Geography Progression of Skills document.


"I loved learning about rivers and going on a fieldwork trip to Rushell Farm; we learned about the different velocity, depth and width as well as water levels of the river. Aryan" y5

School map

"When we were at Cumulus on our residential, we did lots of fun geography skills like fire starting and backwards cooking" Kitty y6

"We had to draw map symbols, it was so fun to see different symbols as there were so many. It was nice to pick and draw them. Anushka" y3


"We have been learning about continents and oceans of the world, it was fun. We looked at climates and time zones" Alex y4


Look at the amazing globes made by Year One!