St Mary's

Catholic Primary School

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"The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world."

President Barack Obama



Geography at St. Mary's is about equipping the children with the skills and knowledge to explore the world we live in.  


Geography is an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Through an engaging curriculum and meaningful experiences, we aim to nurture our future geographers and equip them with the knowledge they will need to become mindful citizens of the world.


During the Summer term, Geography is our focus, which is known as our 'Discover' term. Children are provided with a balance of projects, which start with an enquiry question that they work through to unpick and answer, to explore both the human and physical aspects of geography and more importantly, how they fit into this world and the impact, both positive and negative, they can have on our world. As a school, we create projects to ensure our children receive rich knowledge through coverage of the National Curriculum, whilst teaching them the geographical skills required. Their geographical skills are mapped out progressively and built upon year on year through enquiry, map skills, fieldwork skills and environment. The children know teachers’ expectations for their Geography work is just as high as all other subjects, and they are challenged to always achieve to the best of their ability. Higher level geographers are challenged to extend their knowledge of the world and work is differentiated appropriately for children with SEN to allow them to access their programme of study.


We aim to bring Geography to life for our pupils through:


  • Immersive classrooms created with the children to give them some ownership of their learning environments
  • A focus on high quality language to develop the children's vocabulary. 
  • Life experiences for our children through a project related trip or visitors into the classroom. 
  • An open afternoon at the end of their project to showcase their learning to parents, governors and any visitors they choose to invite as part of their projects. 



 Enquiry QuestionCurriculum Content
Year 1Does everyone live in a village like mine?

The children will study their local area by going on local walks, completing surveys  with local people and creating maps. They will use compass points to follow directions and plan routes around our local area. After this, the children will compare Edlington to a town in Kenya to help them answer their enquiry question.

Year 2Why must we be the change we want to see in our world?

Building on the geographical knowledge they learnt in Year 1, this study will begin with the children learning about our place in the world through a study of it's continents and oceans. They will then zone in on our world's rainforests, learning about why they grow where they do and what life is like to live there. The children will then learn about the effect humans have on our rainforests and what we can do to combat this.

Year 3Would you rather live in the UK or Spain?A comparison between life in the UK and Spain. The children will learn about the human and physical geographical features of Spain and compare them to our local area. They will also learn about how Spanish customs, traditions and lifestyle can differ from our own and the reasons behind this.
Year 4How can small actions eventually change the world?

Building on their Key Stage 1 local area study, the children will conduct a thorough enquiry into how our local area has been formed over the years. Through real-life experiences, they will learn about the impact of the River Don, changing economic factors in the town and how land-use has altered drastically in the last century. They will then  use surveys and interviews to create a plan of how our local area could be improved.

Year 5What is the difference between living and surviving? 

The children will learn about the lives of refugees through a study of human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water. 

Year 6Does adversity make you stronger? 

In this project, children will develop their knowledge on physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes through a study on natural disasters. They will learn about the impact that physical geography can have on human geography by looking at how humans can adapt to life in areas prone to natural disasters.



Our Geography Skills Progression Document

Take a look at the Geography work in our Project books ...


Children at St. Mary's want to explore the world they live in! They have both the geographical knowledge and the skills that they can apply to other areas of their learning. They will gain a deep understanding of the world we live in, their impact on our world and how they can make a difference to our planet. Looking in their project books; their knowledge and understanding is clear and progressive year on year. Teachers mainly use formative assessment tools with elements of summative assessment to ensure their judgement, of each child, in geography is accurate. 

How do we enhance our learning in Geography?