St. John's

Church of England Primary School

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At St. John’s, we believe that Geography helps to promote and answer questions about the natural and human world, encouraging pupils to develop a greater understanding of their world and their place and responsibilities within it. The Geography curriculum at St. John’s enables pupils to develop a range of investigation and knowledge based skills, these are accessible to all pupils, are transferable to other curriculum areas and can be used to promote pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.


Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills and feeds a pupil’s natural curiosity. We seek to inspire this curiosity and fascination about the world in which they live, and its people, which will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We also aim to promote the pupil’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments and how they change over time. Pupils investigate a range of places both in Britain and abroad to help develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes and how they are interconnected.


Our aim is to have a curriculum which is designed to ensure that pupils are aware of topical geographical issues, the importance of sustainability and to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at St. John’s and beyond.

Geography Curriculum Map






Class, School and Local Environment

Exploring the woods and seasonal change

Comparing life in different countries

 Exploring the woods and seasonal change

3D Junk Modelling

Mapping linked to children’s interests e.g. imaginary worlds

Year 1

Seasonal changes and exploring the woods

Looking at maps of

T. Wells &


Local Oceans

Continents and Seas

Local study

Tunbridge Wells

Drawing maps

Year 2

Naming continents and oceans

School and Local Environment

Pollution / Conservation

Contrasting Tunbridge Wells and India

 Physical versus human features

History focus

Year 3

Volcanoes, Earthquakes

UK – Contrasting cities and rural areas

History Focus

River Nile

Equator and the Tropics

Year 4

Map work – location of Roman roads and Hadrian’s Wall.

Field work - Lullingstone Roman Villa

Locate main countries of Europe

and capital cities

Current affairs link to trade and BREXIT

Compare human and physical geography of Greece and UK. Water cycle,

Four-figure grid references

Compass points

Year 5

Locate and name main counties and cities in England

Comparing past and present land use in the UK

Comparing countries of North and South America with UK



Human Geography

Looking at trade links and

Fair Trade

Year 6

Coasts and


History Focus

Isle of Wight

Humanities Enrichment