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Geography Intent Statement


At SMSJ, we have created a bespoke Geography curriculum based on the Geography National Curriculum.  Our aims are for all our children to:

  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
  • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
  • are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
    • collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
    • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
    • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length


Our Geography scheme of work incorporates the content of the National Curriculum, along with planned opportunities to meet the very specific needs of our children.  Given that the majority of our children have English as an Additional Language (EAL), these opportunities focus on:


  1. Language development and understanding of key geographical vocabulary

Learning environments are language rich and knowledge organisers are used to provide key words, definitions and explanations of geographical concepts which are required for the unit.  Children learn the content of the knowledge organisers and take part in weekly quizzes to ensure they learn and remember more.  In addition, regular writing opportunities are provided to enable children to practise skills and demonstrate their understanding of the content taught.


  1. Oracy development

In every lesson, opportunities are provided for children to discuss aspects of geography in pairs and within groups.  In addition, all geography units conclude with children demonstrating their understanding of the geographical concepts taught by delivering an oral presentation to their class or other year groups within school. 


  1. Learning experiences

In order to broaden children’s life experiences, we provide first-hand learning opportunities which expose children to geography in the world around them.  Each geography unit provides a ‘wow’ to engage and hook our children into their learning.  Examples include: visiting and exploring the local area, inviting specialists with a geographical background to present and carry out workshops with the children, promoting field work, forest school and orienteering activities. We have an annual Knowledge and Understanding of the World Week in school where children work on an exciting project which encourages critical thinking.


At SMSJ it is our intent that learners of all abilities access a safe, engaging and challenging Geography curriculum. Our curriculum has been tailored to encourage children to explore their curiosity by investigating the world around them, which involves studying places, people and natural / human environments and understanding the earth’s human and physical forms and processes. Through a language rich environment, we seek to offer children opportunities to continuously use new vocabulary learned. This is achieved by using quick quizzes at the beginning of each lesson, promoting new language in group discussions, using knowledge organisers and using new vocabulary cross-curricular across the wider curriculum.


At St Michael with St John, teachers follow a bespoke scheme of work that has been carefully created to take account of the diverse backgrounds of the pupils within our school. This helps us to capture the children’s interests and imagination through exploration, allowing them to find answers to their own questions.  The specific scheme of work links directly to the National Curriculum.  All year groups cover 3 Geography units over the year.  Plans for all units are laid out with knowledge and skills, National Curriculum links, teaching ideas, key vocabulary and the end of unit outcome.  Each lesson begins with a quiz which revisits and further cements previous learning.  The plans also offer opportunities for teachers to consider field work, for example, using the school grounds and the local area to further enhance learning experiences.  Each year group has a rationale which summarises children’s learning throughout each unit.  The rationale also shows the progression over the year.  Geography progression links are colour coded and show the coverage across all units and year groups. 


Geography and our School Vision


At SMSJ, we firmly believe that ‘With God, all things are possible’ (Matthew 19:26), and we are dedicated to ensuring that all learners live and breathe this throughout their geography lessons.  We nurture all children by providing them with the tools and resources to become independent learners and to explore the unknown. We inspire them with exciting opportunities to investigate the world around them and understand the environment in which they live, how it defines our world and how human activities can impact the environment on a global scale.  Children at St Michael with St John school enhance their capability to achieve in life and help them succeed academically and socially beyond school and through further education.  They will have geographical skills embedded in order to live in a world that is abundant with opportunity.  They will be well prepared for travel, work in different cities and countries across the world, and will benefit from efficiently being able to understand maps, interpret charts and geographical data.


Pupils in Key Stage 1 develop their knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They will understand basic subject - specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.


In Key Stage 2 pupils will extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This will include the location of characteristics of a range of the world's most significant human and physical features.


Detailed schemes of work may be viewed in school on request.




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