Statement of Intent

At St Mary’s we want Geography to inspire in all pupils an inquisitiveness and fascination about the world and everyone in it, that will stay with them throughout their lives. St Mary’s will strive to equip children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and both natural and human environments. In addition to this, children will receive a deep understanding of the Earth’s key human and physical processes. As children progress, their developing knowledge of the world will help them to deepen their understanding of the relationships between human and physical processes along with the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Children will be able to approach and explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are interwoven, created, shaped and change over time through their geographical knowledge, understanding and skills.

Geography Aims at St Mary's

We aim for all pupils to:


Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes


Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time


Be competent in the geographical skills needed to:

    •  collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
    •  interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
    • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.