Mrs G Furness St Oswalds Catholic Primary

Our Geography curriculum intends to inspire curiosity about the world and its people. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge, and skills.

At St Oswald’s we believe studying Geography equips young children with the knowledge of the world around them, stimulating an interest in places people, and the wider world.

Mrs. G. Furness, Geography Lead


At St Oswald’s geography is taught in meaningful contexts and authentic routes, it is planned to ensure pupils can develop a deeper understanding of the world around them and how processes are interconnected, interdependent, and how they change over time. Through an enquiry approach, the curriculum provokes questions and provides answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world.

The curriculum has been designed so that pupils can explore their local area in more depth to enable them to make comparisons with other geographical areas in the world.  Throughout the study of geography, the local area is utilised to ensure our pupils experience the live geography of their local area. This also expands pupils’ knowledge of the recreational opportunities that are available.

The Geography curriculum at St Oswald’s includes many opportunities for the pupils to be inspired by the world and the many cultural differences of humans around the globe.  We promote the pupils’ interest and understanding of diverse places, people, and the natural and human environment. We enable pupils to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can be used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.


Class teachers plan meaningful lessons aiming to develop skills and confidence in all aspects of Geography.

In EYFS through Understanding the world teachers will provide opportunities for children to make sense of the world around them. Pupils will observe and compare aspects of the world, finding out about people and places and their local environment. Pupils will experience and encounter a sense of space and freedom within the school grounds, outdoor learning enhances holistic development and supports new vocabulary and communication skills for our young pupils.

In KS1 and KS2 classes, Teachers plan for lessons ensuring skills and knowledge stated in the National Curriculum are covered. When planning and teaching Geography teachers make links with other subjects so that children can apply and transfer skills.

Teachers provide opportunities for all classes to use our outdoor environment where pupils can develop an interest in the natural surroundings and show respect for the environment. Pupils gain skills such as locational and direction language and use observational skills to study grounds and physical and human features of their surrounding environment.

Teachers plan and show a progression of skills such as fieldwork, locational knowledge, and human, physical, and place knowledge through their themed topics. Pupils experience a range of motivational activities throughout the year including visiting places, fieldwork activities, class trips, workshops, and outdoor learning, this embeds knowledge and support skills such as map reading and directional language.

Teachers ensure accurate teaching of subject-specific vocabulary to each aspect of geography and know and remember 10 words related to each topic. Pupils gain and revisit new learning to secure their understanding of geographical language throughout the year.

Teachers plan to use the large wall maps within the school to support further learning so that children can relate to the continents and oceans of the world.

Pupils use maps and globes regularly within lessons to understand where they live, and where other places in the world are located, as well as learn the unique shape of the world.

Teachers plan across each week for collaborative learning to ensure support and guidance is there for all children to excel in Geography


Outcomes in topic books, evidence a broad and balanced geography curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge relating to each of the identified national curriculum strands, as appropriate to key stages; locational knowledge, place knowledge, and human and physical geography. This is in addition to the development and application of key skills, supported by fieldwork.
As children progress throughout the school, they develop deep knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of their local area and its place within the wider geographical context. Geographical understanding, as well as children’s spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development, is further supported by the school’s links with international partner schools such as FF Ribeiro school in South Africa where strong links have been forged.

All book monitoring and regular pupil voice interviews show that theory and intent are being implemented in the order and approach as planned by the subject leader.