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Geography is challenging, motivating, topical and fun. In our diverse society children need, more than ever before, to understand other people and cultures. At St. Catherine’s, we believe that geographical knowledge, concepts and skills are essential components of a broad and balanced curriculum. Geography makes a major contribution to children's physical, intellectual, social and emotional development. In short, geography matters! As Professor Andrew Goudie puts it, 'What other subject tells us so much about the great issues of our age?'.
  • Fieldwork and Enquiry
  • Knowing the Locality
  • Maps & Plans
  • Photographs, Charts & Diagrams
  • Investigating Issues
  • ICT
  • Cycles, Patterns & Processes
  • Sustainability & the Environment
  • Criticial & Creative Thinking
  • Respecting Diversity
  • Global Citizenship
  • Considering the Future

What can geography do for primary school children?
Geography offers children unique opportunities for learning.


Life skills World knowledge People and places
Developing the ability to make sense of information

Observing and interpreting the environment

Map reading and way finding

Understanding and interpreting pictures

Communicating findings in drawings, charts and diagrams

Recording and analysing data using ICT

Discussing issues and problems with others

Critical and creative thinking
Developing an awareness and understanding of distant places and environments

Recognising how people from all over the world are linked through travel and trade

Building a framework of place knowledge

Investigating major rivers, mountains and cities

Developing an appreciation of other peoples and cultures

Recognising the need for a just and equitable society
Developing an understanding of spatial relationships at a range of scales

Undertaking fieldwork, enquiries and active exploration of the locality

Exploring landscapes, settlements and human activity

Considering environmental issues and local Agenda 21

Becoming a global citizen with multicultural understanding