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Intent/What we aim to do through our Geography Curriculum

In Geography, children are given the opportunity to learn about their local environment and the wider world. We believe that this is important so that the children can develop an understanding of how they fit into the global community and can carry out their Catholic duties of being stewards of the Earth. Adaptations are made to Geography lessons to ensure that all children are able to access the curriculum and are not disadvantaged by Special Educational Needs or Disability. We focus on:

  • Locational knowledge
  • Knowledge of different places
  • Human and Physical Geography
  • Geographical skills and fieldwork


Catholic Ethos, Catholic Social Teaching and Geography

Our intent in the teaching of Geography is deeply rooted in Catholic Social Teaching.  

We believe 

- in Stewardship: that God has entrusted us with the responsibility to look after the God-created Earth and every living thing in it.  In Geography the children learn about the physical world of God's creation and how to look after it, for example, through sustainable living and the use of renewable energy.

- that through education about the dangers of pollution, the use of fossil fuels and deforestation the Common Good is built.

- that solidarity is built through Geography by learning about the lives and experiences of peoples living in different regions around the globe.  

- that the dignity of work is promoted by teaching our children about Fair Trade.

- in the option for the poor.  We aim to teach children about the lives of those living in less developed countries so that they might deepen their understanding of the hardships faced by others both in the UK and abroad and so grow in compassion for those in need.


We also communicate awe and wonder at God's creation for example when we study the physical world, climates and natural disasters.

Implementation/How we teach Geography

Interest zone

Year 1

- The changing seasons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n_cXcOe6xk 

Year 3

- https://www.ourplanet.com/en/ 

Year 4

- Mount Etna's (Italy) recent eruptions https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56170278

- Tonga tsunami: photos of before and after the eruption https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-60039542 

- Read about the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 11 - Sustainable cities and communities - https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/cities/ 

Year 5

- https://climatekids.nasa.gov/climate-change-meaning/ 

Year 6

- https://www.geographyinthenews.org.uk/issues/issue-31/what-is-the-paris-climate-change-agreement/ks2/ 

Fighting climate change using technology: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51388287

Climate Change and our Planet

Watch Greta Thunberg's BBC documentary: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p099f58d

Learn from David Attenborough himself in his beautifully shot documentaries: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/group/p03szck8 

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