St Mary's Catholic Primary School

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Geography Intent


Geography allows us to think about how the world is changing, and how we, as humans, are impacting upon these changes. By the time you leave St Mary’s, we hope you are able to make links between all that you have learnt during your time here. We learn about the human and physical geography of a wide variety of places, learn to read and use maps, and embark on a journey around the world. At St Mary’s, you will experience an enquiry based approach to your learning, accessible to all. We aim for all of you to make sense of their world, whatever your starting point. We intend for you to develop a connection with and understanding of the world and your place within it.


You will build on your geographical knowledge and skills each year, learning about resources in the environment, physical and human processes, and formation and use of landscapes. You will learn to interpret and communicate geographical information using maps, globes and aerial photographs in your own investigations. Regular fieldwork and practical tasks will allow you to put your learnt skills into practice.  Through your lessons you will have opportunities to explore and become familiar with your own locality, crucially enabling you to make connections with those in contrasting places. We promote the importance of having an awareness of the world right from our Early Years classrooms. Our children visit the local shops in small groups, thinking about the routes that they walk, noting seasonal and physical changes that they may see on the way. Through investigating real places and the lives of those who live somewhere else, the children build positive attitudes to people around the world.


Our Geography curriculum enables you to develop progressive, transferable skills and knowledge that you can use within other subject areas, whilst at school, but also as you grow and move into employment. The world needs responsible, caring, intelligent citizens to protect it in the future. At St Mary’s we seek to inspire you to become curious and fascinated by our beautiful planet, whilst realising the impact that we can have upon it. We hope that these positive values will remain with you for the rest of your life.


Year 1 are learning about their local area and have been working on their navigational skills. They went on a local walk to observe the road signs in Tankerton and used lots of fantastic geographical language on their trip.

In Year 2, the children have been using globes and atlases to find continents and oceans.

In Year 6, the children have been using globes in their enrichment areas to find Jamaica and other Caribbean islands. They are investigating the human and physical geography of Jamaica.