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Bolton St Catherine's Academy

Bolton St Catherine's Academy


The study of Geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all the knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.”  Barack Obama

Here at BSCA our curriculum brings children together, we #BELIEVE we have a high-quality Geography curriculum that inspires pupils to be curious and fascinated about the world that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.  Our Geography curriculum teaches children about the knowledge of diverse places, resources, natural and human environments together, with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Geography lessons are taught through a key line of enquiry, so that children are able to put into context the Geographical knowledge they require. All lessons use a wide range of visual and practical resources and activities. The quality of this education allows children to develop as independent Geographers. Fieldwork, both in and out of school, alongside visits, allows our learners to have even more opportunities to develop their Geography thinking and #CARE about the subject within real world environments. Each unit follows a learning challenge question, which children should be able to then answer using technical vocabulary through clear articulation of the geographical knowledge they have studied.

Key Stage One

Children look at the names and location of the world’s seven continents and five oceans. They will also be able to name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas. Children will use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as other countries, continents and ocean. During this key stage, children will start to use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far; left and right], to describe the location of features and routes on a map.

Key Stage Two

Children continue to build their Geographical skills and #ACHIEVE at being amazing Geographers. They learn such skills and knowledge as naming key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time. Children will identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle. They study, in detail, a region in a European country and a region within South America. Children learn about climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, and the water cycle. They use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world. They use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans, graphs and digital technologies.

 Yearly Curriculum Overview

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 1 Our School Why can't a meerkat live in the North Pole? Where do the wheels on the bus go?
Year 2 What would Emma Jane find exciting about our town? Where would you prefer to live: England or Africa? Why do we love to be beside the seaside?
Year 3 What makes the Earth angry?  What is the UK like? Which Mediterranean country would you visit? 
Year 4 Why is Manchester a cool place to live? Why are mountains so marvelous? What would you see with a ticket around the world?
Year 5 Why should the rainforests be important to all of us? I'm a Year 5 Pupil Get me Out of Here What would it be like to explore Eastern Europe?
Year 6 Why are rivers important to humans? How is our world changing? What's so special about the USA?