Geography at St Matthias
The geography curriculum at St Matthias incorporates fundamental geographical knowledge and skills, allowing pupils to build on a firm foundation in future years. Our focus within geography is spread across both our local area and the world as a whole, helping children to become global citizens. Children learn about topics that are both current and relevant to them personally, and are taught about how our actions can impact the world around us and what we can do to have a positive influence on our community and planet.
As well as this, children are taught how to develop practical skills such as using grid-references, reading and creating maps and using various types of technology. Fieldwork and first-hand observations are utilised across year groups to enable children to work as geographers within their learning. Both the skills and knowledge learnt is revisited throughout the school, allowing children to become confident and independent in their learning.
While we ensure that all content within the National Curriculum is covered, we also believe that it is important to go beyond what is set out. We use it as a springboard to broaden children’s knowledge of the world, to understand environmental issues, and to engage them in innovative and enjoyable learning that has relevance to their lives while challenging them to think about ‘real world’ issues. This approach encourages a level of fascination and curiosity within children which stays with them throughout their schooling career and embeds within them a sense of both love and responsibility for the world.
For websites that will support the development of geographical skills, please see below:
To see our geography skills progression map and our curriculum map (which also includes history), please click here.