The Intent of our Geography Curriculum
Geography at St Alban & St Stephen Catholic Primary School reflects the purposeful journey for the whole child. In Geography, we promote children’s curiosity and understanding of diversity in our world in relation to places, people, resources and natural and human environments, alongside nurturing their understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
At St Alban & St Stephen, we hold our local community in high esteem. We are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local areas of St Albans and Hertfordshire, so that they can develop of real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our community unique and special.
We encourage our students to think, act and speak like those working in a geographical field would: to research thoroughly, to collect and analyse data, to use maps, globes, aerial photographs and digital mapping to develop their knowledge of our world and to communicate their knowledge in different ways: skills which are invaluable to their future lives in education and beyond. Our carefully structured Geography curriculum provides opportunities additional to the National Curriculum endpoints, to build cultural capital and, through exposure in Geography lessons to life-skills such as British Values, the diversity of the world and spiritual, moral, cultural and social development, enable pupils to become well-rounded members of society in preparation for later life.
- An excellent knowledge of where places are and what they are like.
- An excellent understanding of the ways in which places are interdependent and interconnected and how much human and physical environments are interrelated.
- An extensive base of geographical knowledge and vocabulary.
- Fluency in complex, geographical enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical and presentational techniques.
- The ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain findings.
- Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity as shown in interpretations and representations of the subject matter.
- Highly developed and frequently utilised fieldwork and other geographical skills and techniques.
- A passion for and commitment to the subject, and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the people who live there.
- The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about current and contemporary issues in society and the environment.
The Implementation of our Geography Curriculum
Through sequences of lessons and topics, pupils’ geographical skills and concepts are built, reinforced, and transferred into other contexts, allowing children to deepen their understanding and remember what they learn.
These key geographical skills and concepts are:
- Investigate places
- Investigate patterns
- Communicate geographically
The Impact of our Geography Curriculum
Our pupils leave St Alban & St Stephen Catholic Primary School with the knowledge to think, act and speak like a geographer and they value the transference of these skills into their every day life, in education and beyond.