St Josephs Catholic Primary School


In Geography pupils are exposed to features that occur naturally and help to constitute our real world. This is done in as practical a way as possible using the resources around us such as atlases, National Geographic online and the media with current world events such as floods, tsunamis, volcanoes and so on. The geographical terms and study start in a simple way in Year 1 by looking at the immediate environment and extending outwards into the wider world. This progresses through the years up to year 6 where extensive map work of the world is done. Below is a detailed curriculum map of what each year studies.


Year Group

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Where I live?

The area of Hendon and
interesting buildings


Celebrations from around
the world. Finding those places on a map.

Arctic and Antarctic

Where are they found and
the climate

Treasure Island

Locate islands around
the British Isles.

Types of islands –
desert, volcanic, tropical.


Study climate in hot
countries and how animal life differs.


Locating different
holiday destinations.


To ask and investigate
geographical questions about local area.


To understand that
Europe is a continent and to know some countries that are a part of it.

To identify on maps and
globes where the localities are.


To understand that
there are seven continents in the world


To find similarities
and differences between climates and countries.

To extract information
from visual images.



To study the continent
of Europe including capitals.

To compare and contrast
the different regions within Norway.

To study the
Scandinavian countries. To compare and contrast it with Norway.

To understand the daily
lives of people living in Spain.

To investigate trade
between UK, Norway, Spain, Scandinavia and other EU countries.

To review the European
countries studied and the effect on the world.


Describe and
understand key aspects of human geography, including types of settlement and
land use, and the distribution of natural resources.



Locate world’s countries focusing on Europe. Focus on physical &
human features.


Study human
geography including land use and trade links.




Regions of the UK and
Global knowledge


Regions of the world – Spain and Chile



Reference and mapping

Geography field skills



Study a region of
Europe. Countries involved –maps, new countries, capitals.

Understand the latitude,
longitude, equator and tropics.

Compare population and
cultural differences over time.


Mayan Civilisation

Locating countries
using globes and atlases.