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Geography Intent 

In Geography, we intend to provide and encourage children to develop a greater understanding and knowledge about the world, as well as their place in it. We aim to provoke, provide answers to questions and encourage investigations about the natural and human aspects of the world. Our intent is to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and people within it; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

What topics are taught at St Joseph's?

Each year group will be taught three Geography topics per year.


You will notice that some topics are repeated in different year groups. Children will build on previous knowledge and skills each time they are taught the topics. For Example, in KS1 children will learn what maps are and how to read a map using a 2-figure gird reference. By Year 6 children will learn how to map read using a 6-figure grid reference.

If you feel you have any specific skills or resources that could support the teaching of Geography in our school please speak with Mrs Elwen.

Year 1 Geography Topics 
Autumn 2 Spring 2 Summer 1
The Seaside Africa  The Local Area

Year 2 Geography Topics 
Autumn 1 Spring 2 Summer 2
The Poles and the Equator 
(contrasting places)
The UK Field Work: Maps

Year 3 Geography Topics 
Autumn 2 Spring 2 Summer 2
Active Planet  Field Work: 
The Environment
Brazil and the Rainforest

Year 4 Geography Topics 
Autumn 2 Spring 2 Summer 2
Europe The Water Cycle  Field Work: Maps

Year 5 Geography Topics 
Autumn 1 Spring 1 Summer 2
Field Work: The Local Area The Americas  The U.K 

Year 6 Geography Topics 
Autumn 2 Spring 2 Summer 2
Moving Planet Settlements Field Work: The U.K. and Maps
Curriculum Coverage 
The Geography Curriculum has been divided between the Geography topics taught throughout your child’s learning journey at St Joseph’s. If you would like to read more please click on the link below.
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What does Geography look like in our school?