Geography

Our Aims

“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.” (National Curriculum 2014)

At St Luke’s school we aim to develop in children a desire for knowledge about the world around them. Children are given the opportunities to draw and interpret maps and to develop their skills of research, investigation, analysis and problem solving. They are taught how to communicate their findings effectively and purposeful links are made to core and foundation subjects where appropriate. Children consistently and progressively learn about their local area and compare their life in this area, with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world.

Geography Intent

At St Luke’s, we recognise the importance of a rich geography curriculum that helps children to understand their world, their role in it and the responsibilities that come with this. We aim to inspire children with a wider curiosity and fascination of their world and to enable them to learn more and remember more.

Our carefully mapped curriculum aims to develop the children’s understanding of the four interrelated concepts, locational and place knowledge, human and physical processes and geographical skills and fieldwork whilst also developing understanding of space, scale, environmental impact, cultural awareness, cultural development and interdependence. Through the children’s learning journey, our geography curriculum aims to equip children with a plethora of substantive knowledge to gain an abstract appreciation of the subject.

Our geography curriculum begins in Nursery and builds year on year, ensuring that children can revisit prior learning, apply generalisations to the world around them and so that they can think like a geographer.

At St. Luke’s, we are committed to providing children with opportunities to investigate and make enquiries about their local area of Salford and Greater Manchester so that they can develop of real sense of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area unique. Through fieldwork, our children will gain first-hand experiences of geographical disciplines which will enable them to make connections between geographical processes and location.

As a Catholic school with a high percentage of white British pupils, we aim to help pupils develop a sense of identity through learning about the UK and its relationships with other countries. We aim to teach children about other communities and cultures to enable them to live harmoniously in a multi-cultural society.

The children of St Luke’s will develop a sense responsibility for the Earth and will develop an informed concern for the future of our planet. Pope Francis has asked us to care for our common home and so, as God’s disciples, the children at St. Luke’s (led by the Eco Council and Caritas ambassadors) will work together to do all we can to live sustainably.

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