Our Geography subject leader is Mr Taylor.
At St Peter’s, geography inspires children to show passion and develop a curiosity and fascination about the world that they live in and the people that they share it with. Children learn about the diverse world that they live in and develop a sense of wonder about people, places and natural human environments.
Enabling our pupils to ASPIRE in geography:
A: Aiming high and achieving in geography is essential for any successful geographer. Our units of learning cover a wide range of themes. Each theme is broken down into a series of sequential learning questions. These progressional lessons provide opportunities for children to develop and acquire geographical knowledge and skills through perseverance. Where appropriate, links are made to other subject areas to help children make connections between their learning across the curriculum.
S: Geography is taught and valued as a discrete subject at St Peter’s with each unit of work carefully sequenced into a logical learning journey. Children are naturally curious and our geography curriculum allows children to explore this curiosity of the wider world that they live in as well as learn about the environment within their direct community
P: At St Peter’s, geography inspires children to show passion and develop a curiosity and fascination about the world that they live in and the people that they share it with. Children learn about the diverse world that they live in and develop a sense of wonder about people, places and natural human environments.
I: Knowledge organisers display the knowledge that children need to know by the end of the unit and teachers use a range of strategies to help children secure their geographical learning to long term memory. This will empower our pupils to be both independent and inquisitive about our natural world.
R: Children aspire to learn about the diverse and fascinating world that they live in as respectful global citizens. As children progress through the school they develop a good understanding about the world around them and how it is shaped. Children retain knowledge that is pertinent to geography with a real life context. The majority of children will achieve age-related expectations in geography at the end of their cohort year listed below.
E: Children gain knowledge about places and people; the environment; physical and human processes; formation and use of landscapes through the effective reading, not only texts but also maps, compasses and grid references. They also develop geographical skills by investigating: collecting and analysing data; using maps, globes, aerial photographs and digital mapping to name and identify countries, continents and oceans; and communicating information in a variety of ways. Every year group provides opportunities for field work so that children can learn first-hand from their environment.
Geography Fieldwork is a vital part of the geography curriculum: each year group has an opportunity to carry this out as part of their geography learning. Above are some images form fieldwork carried out. Year 1 are exploring the physical characteristics of the seaside, Year 4 are exploring coasts and erosion. Year 5 can be seen above exploring their local river.
The children were transported back in time and across the world during their History or Geography based sessions on:
- Year 3: Ancient Rome
- Year 4: Vikings
- Year 5: Mount Everest
- Year 6: Ancient Maya
Parent Geography Workshops
In March, 2023 we held a geography open morning for parents. Mr Taylor, our geography lead, talked parents through the development of our bespoke geography curriculum and how this is sequenced in knowledge, skills, vocabulary and concepts from Reception to Year 6. Mr Taylor also talked through the importance of accessing and recalling prior knowledge and the sequencing of our curriculum. Following this, parents went into classes to see our curriculum in action. Pictures from the morning can be seen below!
Comments/ feedback from parents/ carers:
I enjoyed visiting my child’s classroom, seeing him so proud to show me what he’s been up to. Mr Taylor’s talk was great too, his enthusiasm shines through and it’s great to see what the children will be covering.
Excellent, in-depth presentation of the Geography subject. A very useful insight for parents.
Loved hearing about how the curriculum has been developed, seeing what the chn will be learning from yR to y6, and then seeing what it looks like in the classrooms.
Our chn are lucky to have such passionate teachers and such an exciting curriculum