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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

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At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we want to inspire pupil curiosity about their world and to engage them in outdoor learning and geographical enquiry.

Our curriculum has been sequenced to enable pupils to gradually widen their sense of scale from their immediate geography to global. This is organised and shared in the long term overview.

The curriculum at St Mary’s aims to ensure that all pupils: Gain 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. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

The curriculum intent for each sequence of learning is laid out in the medium term plan for each unit.



  • Geography is taught half-termly, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum.
  • There is a cycle of lessons for each unit, which carefully plan for progression and depth.
  • The local area is utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice.




  • Our Geography Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression.
  • As pupils progress throughout the school, they develop a deep knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context.
  •  If pupils are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress.
  • Pupils at St Mary’s are equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
  • We want the pupils to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about geography, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.

Geography - National Curriculum