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St Giles C of E Academy

Growing Together



Here you will find about how we teach Geography, see the curiosty and enjoyment the children experience by learning local and worlwide georgrpahy.


Each academic year the children will learn about three Geography topics. Each topic will have cross curriculuar links with an enqurary question to spark imagination and interest. Our cross-curriculum topic based approach enriches and enlivens Geography lessons which immersive the pupils in a variety of relevant themes. 

Our St Giles topic based curriculum enriches english and maths into Geography 

At St Giles C of E Academy, it is our intention that Geography is taught through three topics in the school year, topics are cross curruicualr as we feel it is important to ensure children recieve a full and balanced curriculum, this is through a whole school topic-based approach to teaching and learning. This enables teachers to give context for the learning. However, teachers make it explicit to children that they are learning geography skills and that they are being ‘Geographers’.  

Geography is important in our school as it provides a means of exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live and how it has evolved.  We explore the relationship between Earth and its people.  It stimulates curiosity and imagination. Wherever possible, we aim to build upon the child’s ‘Personal Geography’ by developing geographical skills, understanding and knowledge through studying places and themes.


Our units of work aim to allow children to gain experience in the geography field. Staff continually review and adapt work and learning to meet our children’s needs. 

At Key Stage 1, our pupils develop knowledge about their own locality in Pontefract, the United Kingdom and the World. They can understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.

Key Stage 2,our pupils extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This includes the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. Our pupils develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.


At St Giles C of E Academy, evidence of the children’s learning can be found in their topic books in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The choice to use Topic books in both Key Stages enable the children to make cross curricular links through out the year.

The children’s learning and understanding is assessed against the 2014 National Curriculum statements for Geography. This is both ongoing, to inform future planning, and summative to share with staff, leaders and parents. This ensures the pitch of lessons is well matched to need and that, by the end of each key stage, required content within the National Curriculum is adequately covered to prepare pupils for the next phase of their education. Leaders conduct pupil voice questionnaires with the children to discuss their learning and establish the impact.


We aim to give all our pupils the opportunity to succeed and reach the highest level of personal achievement: to promote the individuality of all our pupils, irresepective of ethnicity, attianment, age, disability, gender or background