At St Teresa’s we are committed to fostering children’s curiosity about the world around them and their place as citizens within it. Through our Geography curriculum we aim to equip children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources, natural and human environments. Children will develop a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes and how these processes are interconnected and interdependent.
Geography planning at St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School is based on the National Curriculum. The fundamental skills and understanding of the subject are set out in the National Curriculum programmes of study. This has been developed into our Geography Progression Maps, which outline the skills and subject knowledge we endeavour to cover in each year group, allowing children to secure a strong foundation of the topic which can be built upon appropriately as children progress throughout the school.
As a subject, Geography lends itself well as a cross-curricular subject meaning some geographical topics and skills are woven in with termly class topics and other subjects such as English and History, for example. We encourage teacher autonomy to use the National Curriculum and Progression of Skills Map to select objectives and tailor teaching and learning to meet the needs and interests of the children in their class.
Fieldwork is an important aspect of Geography and we aim, where possible, to provide opportunities for the children to learn through first hand experiences and fieldtrips. This starts from Reception and Year 1 where the children get to know their local geographical context all the way through to Year 6 where pupils expand their geographical knowledge and learn about local geography, such as Canterbury, as well as the geography of places around the world, such as Africa.
By the end of Key Stage 2 all children will have developed the geographical knowledge and skills to help them explore, navigate and understand the world around them and their place within it. Children’s knowledge and skills will develop progressively as they move through the school, not only to enable them to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum but to prepare them to become competent geographers in secondary education.
Children will be equipped with the skills to discuss, apply and demonstrate their geographical skills and knowledge confidently. Through pupil voice, they will be able express their views on the geography curriculum and contribute their own ideas on ways to enhance the curriculum.