St Ambrose RC Primary School - Geography Curriculum Intent

 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1)

At  St Ambrose, we reflect the National Curriculum aims:

  • Inspire children to be curious about the world around them, which helps them develop a sense of belonging; this, in turn, will create individuals ready to have a transformative effect on society in general.
  • Teaching Geography gives children knowledge of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments.
  • As children develop through school, their awareness of physical and human processes will be deepened, which then expands their knowledge of the world as interconnected and ever changeable.

In this subject:

At St Ambrose, through the teaching of geography, children will use their understanding of the world that we live in to develop aspirations to be future world changers.  In looking at Geography from a local perspective, the children understand the world around them and their place within it.  As they move through the school, they begin to understand the impact of humans on society and develop their own sense of awareness on a larger scale, revealing Christ and developing in the children they want to make change for the better.

Through Catholic Social Teaching, each subject matter carefully develops a child’s knowledge to deepen their understanding and create critical thinkers.  The children will be self-aware of the world around them and the impact of change and advocate for greater social justice where there is inequality or negative change.  Through the use of high-quality texts and the use of abstract Geographic terms, the children will develop their vocabulary ranges which will be transferable across all subjects.  Their understanding of geography will lend itself to highly confident and independent learners who can infer and deduce a greater deal of information and disseminate it in a range of ways.

Children will critically analyse the geography they see around them and the diversity of natural and human environments.  Their understanding of processes and conditions and their impact on the world develops critical thinking and analysis, which can be used in a range of subjects to boost independence and confidence across the curriculum.  Geography is taught as a discrete lesson within a topic, thus ensuring that there is no dilution of the learning.  Children can explore the importance of learning about the environment around them, the skills used for navigation and the importance of understanding it in a rapidly changing world.  This develops the strengths and interests of the children and gives relevance to the subject as they move through their learning.  In looking at the conditions and processes of human and physical geography, children will develop an understanding of the environment and learn to respect it as their common home.  Children will come across cultural diversity and become aware of the lives of others in a diverse world, developing tolerance and respect for people of different countries and communities and understanding we are all united as one human race.

'In God's family, we grow and learn in love, hope and faith.'


Geography enables our children to be critical thinkers as it requires them to find solutions to global, national and local issues. Through our Geography curriculum, we teach our children to be responsible global citizens and that the decisions we all make have an impact. By developing their understanding of God’s creation and allowing them to encounter issues and challenges, we encourage the children to be advocates for change and put their faith into action.

The Geography curriculum has been designed around the requirements of the National curriculum in collaboration with external experts. We have carefully selected the areas of study to support the curriculum needs ensuring appropriate challenge and progression is provided across the year groups.

The curriculum enables our children to broaden their social and cultural awareness. Carefully planned fieldwork opportunities allow the children to develop their local awareness and knowledge.


How can I support my child with geography?
The curriculum content may appear daunting, but don’t panic — you are already an accomplished geographer! Your daily life constantly provides you with rich geographical experiences, information and understanding. You think and act geographically, often without realising it. It comes naturally … as you navigate your way around your home and neighbourhood, make sense of local and world news, respond to the weather forecast, and decide on a holiday location and how to get there.

When out and about in your local area, you can help your child geographically by chatting about local physical features, attractions and activities. You might even like to develop this idea by asking them to provide a tourist guide for their local area for visiting relatives.

On a journey, you can share the road map or map phone app with your son or daughter so they can follow the route while you talk about where you are going. Alternatively, ask them to draw a map of their journey to school or the local shop, including any natural or man-made features along the way.

Holidays are an ideal opportunity to compare the location with their home area — you might ask your child to talk through five similarities and differences, for example. Holidays also provide an opportunity for a museum visit or a trip to a tourist attraction.

Closer to home, use anything at your disposal! Magazines, TV, films and even some computer games can provide your child with a view of distant places. They enable your child to be transported instantly to another place. Prompt their thinking with questions: What might the weather be like in this place? Why might the road have been built where it is? The list of questions is endless and will lead to discussions that will help develop curiosity about and understanding of the world.

Home-learning Links and Ideas

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Below there are files to download where you will find out more about what your child will be learning in Geography. Please also see their class webpage.


Files to Download

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