St Columba's RC Primary School

We are Companions on a Journey

Ripley Street, Bolton, Lancashire BL2 3AR

0120 4333421



Our Geography curriculum is designed so that our children will have the knowledge and understanding about diverse places within our world, people and resources within natural and human environments. As well as completing work inside the classroom, field work is a key part of our geography curriculum and allows pupils to apply their geographical skills in real-life settings.

Opportunities will exist for children of all ages to experience learning beyond the classroom. This will allow them to enrich their knowledge by, for example, visiting places they may not normally consider or places of geographical interest or conducting geographical surveys within the local area to gain relevant information that will contribute to the curriculum.

In Geography, children will develop the skills to consider human and physical geographical characteristics, gain appropriate working knowledge of locality and conduct meaningful fieldwork.


Geography is taught as an individual subject but where possible links are made to other parts of the curriculum . Where necessary, staff will receive coaching and training in Geography.

High quality teaching of knowledge and skills ensures the needs of children are met. Success criteria in Geography lessons are set in order to guide children to achieve their potential. This ensures work is demanding and matches the aims of the curriculum.

In Key Stage 1, pupils investigate their local area and begin to learn about the world in which we live. In Key Stage 2, pupils investigate their local area and the wider world, finding out about the environment and the people who live there. Progression will be assessed through evaluation of our children's written work and consideration of their responses and contributions to discussions.

Through wider reading in Geography, children will develop a deep and consolidated knowledge and understanding of the curriculum. Children will develop an understanding of real world examples of: floods; earthquakes etc within their lifetime.

Our carefully designed progression of learning in Geography ensure consistency and progress of all learners.


Children really enjoy Geography. They experience a wide range of learning opportunities within the subject and know appropriate responses to them.

Visits within Geography enrich the lives of the children and they are able to discuss how the experience impacted their knowledge and understanding.

Children can talk enthusiastically about Geography and this shows a clear learning journey.

Our children learn key vocabulary and should be able to apply their geographical skills to a range of geographical enquiries. Specific skills will have been developed including:

  • interpreting maps, atlases and globes
  • Identifying geographical features
  • Formulating questions and developing research
  • Consider the use of four and six figure grid references and ordinance survey maps

Geography in the Autumn term!

Statement of Intent

Geography Topics

Geography Skills Progression

Geography Knowledge Progression

Geography National Curriculum