Here at St. Mary's we are fortunate enough to be surrounded by a mix of countryside, woodland and residential areas right at our doorstep. Therefore Geography begins by studying our local environment; the people, places and habitats that surround us.
Using maps to locate cities, countries, rivers and oceans, we then extend our studies to the wider world. Children use atlases, photos and internet combined with first- hand experience through school trips, to explore different environments, issues and economics of all of the countries that they study. They then utilise the skills that they have developed in numeracy, literacy and ICT, to report and record their findings.
Benefiting from a conservation area within our school grounds, children can explore nature and natural habitats, as well as conservatories for growing our own seeds and vegetables. Through 'Connecting Classrooms', St. Mary's has a link with Zithulele school in South Africa. This allows children to learn about other diverse environments and to plan and carry out projects which link our partnered schools together.
Progression of skills and knowledge in Geography