Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement for Geography


At St Mary’s CofE Primary, we believe that Geography should teach a respect and understanding of what it means to be a positive citizen in a multi-cultural country. We are dedicated to developing children’s knowledge and understanding of places in the world, whilst increasing their understanding of other cultures. We encourage all members of the St Mary’s community to show a commitment to sustainable development and an appreciation of what ‘global citizenship’ means. Our curriculum allows children to learn geographical skills through investigation, enquiry and problem solving.

Our Geography curriculum reflects our five school values




In geography, children will:

·         Listen respectfully

·         Empathise

·         Collaborate

·         Co-operate

The geography curriculum will:

Have a local, national and global dimension and promote mutual respect and understanding by developing knowledge of other cultures.


In geography, children will:

·         Be kind and gentle when exploring the natural world

·         Take responsibility for caring and protecting the school and wider environment

·         Include others in group tasks

The geography curriculum will:

Explore the sustainability of our planet and our role as citizens within it, exploring problems at a local, regional and global level.


In geography, children will:

·         Observe

·         Problem solve

·         Find patterns

·         Ask questions

·         Show appreciation for the natural world

The geography curriculum will:

Promote curiosity of other cultures and places in the world and encourage problem solving when considering local, regional and global issues.



In geography, children will:

·         Be resilient

·         Persevere

·         Fail and try again

·         Give their best effort

The geography curriculum will:

Offer challenges through first hand experiences.


In geography, children will:

·         Question

·         Debate

·         Think about how they learn best

The geography curriculum will:

Offer opportunities to enquire, think about living in the wider world and make informed choices.



Curriculum drivers for all curriculum areas:

Threshold concepts for science:

Communication so children will have the high-level vocabulary and skills to ask questions, explain their learning and communicate effectively through a wide range of media.

Challenge so children are self-motivated and willing to take risks; solve problems creatively, taking pride in their learning; and motivate themselves towards success and increasing independence.

Community so children will feel a sense of belonging as empathetic, respectful and supportive members of our immediate school environment as well as the global community.

·        Be aware of the characteristics and location of the UK and places around the world

·        Explain how physical and human processes shape the world

·        Understand and use geographical skills and field work



Geography is taught discretely from years 1-6 and is blocked throughout the year so children can achieve depth in their learning. Links are made with other subjects in the curriculum when they arise.

Teachers have identified the key knowledge and geographical skills to be taught in each topic, in line with the National Curriculum, and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics and throughout each year group.

Key vocabulary is identified through knowledge organisers, highlighted to children during lessons and revisited through quizzes.

Geography lessons begin with recall activities to activate and embed prior learning.

A variety of different application activities, which cater for a range of learning styles, are used to develop geographical skills including map work, problem solving, computing and investigating.  

Learning in geography is enhanced through a variety of local trips such as the river Deben and Woodbridge, and through visitors where possible.


The impact of our geography curriculum can be seen by talking to the children about their interest in this subject and seeing evidence in their books, on learning walls in classrooms and on displays around the school.

Teacher’s use formative assessment methods to identify children’s understanding such as KWI grids, quizzes, PNI grids and discussion. Planned, individual writing opportunities provide an opportunity for the children to communicate what they have learnt at the end of the topic.

Children’s attainment is updated on Target Tracker throughout the year and attainment steps are updated termly. This allows the class teacher and subject lead to monitor the progress of all children across the school.

Geography is monitored by the subject leader each term and the outcomes inform action planning and the SDP.