Purpose of study
A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
The Geography Curriculum at St Edmund Campion
Reach Out Geography Curriculum for KS2
Our geography curriculum incorporates fundamental geographical knowledge and skills, allowing pupils to build on a firm foundation in future years.
An introduction to settlements, tectonic processes and hydrological and climatic processes introduce Year 3 pupils to concepts, vocabulary and knowledge that is capitalised on in subsequent years, laying important foundations of much of their future geographical learning.
When pupils study Migration in Year 4, they will utilise their knowledge of settlement types in order to deepen their understanding of migration patterns. This knowledge and understanding support their comprehension of why communities develop around areas of rich natural resources, and how slums develop
The Natural Resources unit then feeds into the Year 5 unit on Energy and Sustainability, by supporting pupils’ understanding of where energy comes from and how greater sustainability can be achieved.
The Year 6 units on Population and Globalisation draw on themes that have been explored throughout KS2, so pupils are really able to approach these complex topics with a great depth and breadth of knowledge.
The Rivers unit in Year 4 follows on from the Water, Weather and Climate unit and pupils then continue to build on this knowledge of physical processes through the Biomes unit.
The Local Fieldwork unit is in Year 6, so that pupils are exposed to geographical research in KS2. This is a crucial part of a child’s geographical education and we have intentionally incorporated this unit at the end of KS2 to capitalise on their greater maturity and geographical knowledge.
Geography Curriculum Map
St Edmund Campion Geography Curriculum Map
Autumn Term One
Continents and Oceans
Autumn Term Two
Mountains, Earthquakes & Volcanoes
Spring Term One
The United Kingdom
Spring Term Two
Villages, Town &
Summer Term One
Fieldwork in the Local Area
Summer Term Two
Water, Weather & Climate
Natural Resources in Northern Chile
Energy & Sustainability
Stay Safe – Work Hard – Be Kind
Concepts and Disciplinary Knowledge
Support Your Child's Learning - Knowledge Organisers
The knowledge organiser is the beating heart of each unit. The core content is meticulously curated and itemised to clarify the necessary (but not sufficient) knowledge necessary to develop a sophisticated understanding of each geography unit.
Over the course of the years, these knowledge organisers will ensure that our children become ‘culturally literate’ and have the opportunity to engage in ‘powerful knowledge'