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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

St Mary's Catholic
Primary School


Statement of Intent

It is our intent for Geography in our school curriculum to inspire pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.


Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.


As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.


We want our children to gain confidence and practical experiences of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills in a variety of ways, settings and contexts.


'The study of geography is about more than just memorising places on a map.  It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures ... and in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.' 

Barack Obama


The geography subject leader is Mrs Veitch.


Threshold concepts

Threshold concepts are the ‘big ideas’ that shape students’ thinking within each subject. The same threshold concepts will be explored in every year group and students will gradually increase their understanding of them.

  • Investigate places

    This concept involves understanding the geographical location of places and their physical and human features.

  • Investigate patterns

    This concept involves understanding the relationships between the physical features of places and the human activity within them, and the appreciation of how the world’s natural resources are used and transported.

  • Communicate geographically

    This concept involves understanding geographical representations, vocabulary and techniques.

Geography Curriculum