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Subjects - Geography

Subject Definition

Geography is the study of the Earth and its people. Geographers are interested in Earth's physical features, such as mountains, deserts, rivers, and oceans. They are also interested in the ways that people affect and are affected by the natural world.

"3 Is" in Geography at St Andrew's
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Geography at St Andrew’s inspires children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We want this to remain with them for their rest of their lives. Quality first teaching of Geography, enhanced by a variety of engaging and exciting trips including fieldwork opportunities, equips children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources, and the natural and human environment. It also supports in giving them a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.



Geography is delivered through a cross curricular topic approach. Some of the topics are driven by Geography; others incorporate Geography into the learning journey.

Children will learn by interpreting a range of sources of geographical information including: maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs.

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During their time at St Andrew’s, children engage in either a visit, memorable experience or have a visitor into school to enhance their learning. This provides opportunities for fieldwork and to develop Geographical skills.

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Children at St Andrew’s learn about ‘sense of place’ from an early age. Reception children explore their local area by going on a walk to West Park.

Moving onto Key Stage 2, where children visit Carding Mill Valley for a field work trip. They use mapping skills to explore the area.

Assessment is based upon the knowledge and skills laid out in the National Curriculum under the headings, Place Knowledge, Locational Knowledge, Human & Physical Geography and Geography Skills & Fieldwork.


We know Geography is impactful when our children progress throughout the school having developed knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their local area. They are also able to recall study of locations further afield and their place within the wider geographical context. As they progress through the Geography curriculum, our pupils become more aware of the impact of human activity on the environment. This helps to prepare them for the future in knowing how to preserve natural resources.

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The children at St Andrews take part in Geography led theme days. This is where children explore a specific Geographical issue. One of our Geography days was based on Sustainable Geography.

What our children are saying:

“Geography is learning about our local area and the different countries.”
Year 1

“Geography is when we learn about the world and using maps to locate different places.” Year 2

“Geography is learning about the world and how climate change can affect the world.” Year 3/4

“Geography is learning about the world in which we live in and what things we can do to protect our world such as recycling.” Year 5/6

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