Geography teaching at St Joan of Arc School equips the children with knowledge and understanding about diverse places, people, resources and environments.

In addition to this, the children explore and develop a deeper understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. The children have opportunities to learn about their local area and compare their life with another area around the world, this enables them to gain an appreciation of life in other cultures and embrace the differences and similarities.

Geography teaching also motivates children to find out about the physical world around them, enables them to become global citizens and think about the importance of sustainability. Geography is taught in three discrete blocks across the year, giving children opportunities to achieve a deep understanding of the subject matter; with cross curricular links planned in where applicable. Our school uses the Rising Stars Geography scheme as a framework to help plan and deliver the geography curriculum.

Teachers adapt the planning to meet the needs of the children in their classes. Planning is also adapted to consider our local area in order to organise fieldwork opportunities. The key knowledge and skills of each topic have been identified and carefully mapped out across the school, ensuring that knowledge builds progressively and that children develop skills systematically. Geography is an engaging and relevant subject, and we want to inspire in our children a curiosity and fascination about the world and the people who live in it.