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At St Teresa’s our aim in Geography is to make children more aware of their own surroundings and to help them make sense of them and to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about their location, their country, the world and its people. The children will look at where they and other people live both in Britain and the World. As well as studying different people and their surroundings, topics such as: weather, climate, landforms, rivers and their surroundings are also considered. With the environment being a key issue, children are made aware of the quality and vulnerability of their world. They discuss ways in which we can take more care of it.

We are lucky to have such variety within our locality - town, country and seaside locations. We incorporate this into our trips. Nursery took a walk to our local Post Office in December to post letters to Father Christmas.

As well as gaining knowledge, the children learn geographical skills, such as first-hand observations, fieldwork and mapping. Activities such as planning journeys and reading maps are only some of the ways these skills are taught.


Pupils are taught to:

Name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans; name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas.


Understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country.


Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles.


Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to:

key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather


key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop


Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage.


Use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far; left and right], to describe the location of features and routes on a map.


Use aerial photographs to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key.


Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of St Teresa’s and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.