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St Thomas Catholic Primary School Geography- A study of people and places.

Geography Curriculum Statement


At St Thomas we believe that we are part of a global community. We care for our common home and we understand that we have an interdependence with other people and the environment. It is our intent that our school values are intertwined across our geography curriculum.



We believe that Geography helps to provoke and answer questions about the natural and human worlds, encouraging children to develop a greater understanding of their world and their place in it. It helps to develop a range of investigation and problem- solving skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can be used to promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature, 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 children’s interest and understanding about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments.
  • to deepen understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.


Through the framework of the 2014 National Curriculum, geography taught at St Thomas, aims to ensure that all children:

  • develop age-appropriate, accurate knowledge of the location, physical and human characteristics of a wide range of globally significant places including terrestrial and marine locations.
  • use this knowledge to provide a geographical context to study and understand the actions of important geographical processes.
  • understand that these processes give rise to the key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about variation and change to the geographical landscape.
  • are able to use geographical vocabulary which is appropriate and accurate and which develops and evolves from EYFS to KS1 and through to KS2.
  • collect, analyse and present a range of data, gathered through experiences of fieldwork, to deepen understanding of geographical processes.
  • use and interpret a wide range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs.
  • develop skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) (software and interactive resources) which allow for digital mapping, analysis of data and data models.
  • are able to communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
  • fulfil the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum for Geography.
  • promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development helping them to have a greater understanding of their place in the world, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment.


The skills we aim to equip our pupils with through our geography curriculum will be transferable to many other parts of the curriculum. The subject leader monitors the teaching and learning in geography throughout the year. This involves looking at the children’s work in books and lessons, the planning, staff and pupil voice.


Through our geography curriculum children will:

    • Acquire and effectively use new vocabulary.
    • Build skills that enable them to collect, analyse and interpret a range of data gathered from fieldwork.
    • Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information systems (GIS).
    • Develop research, interpretation and presentation skills which can then be disseminated using ICT and Art and Design mediums.