‘You can travel the seas, poles and deserts and see nothing. To really understand the world, you need to get under the skin of the people and places. In other words, learn about geography. I can’t imagine a subject more relevant in schools. We’d all be lost without it.’  Michael Palin

Whole School Vision 

We aim to develop the knowledge; skills and attributes children need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. At St Nicholas Catholic Primary School, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is at the heart of our school ethos and links closely to our Christian values. When taught well, PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life.


Our Geography vision

At St Nicholas Catholic Primary School, the teaching of geography will inspire our children to develop a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Our Geography curriculum will teach children to appreciate the God’s wonderful world, encouraging them to stop and take note.

We want children to become active citizens, growing up with the knowledge that they are guardians of the world and, as individuals, they can make a positive impact to the world in which they live. Geography will teach children to appreciate the diversity in the world among peoples and environments, developing tolerance, respect and compassion towards their global community. Within our enquiry-led Geography curriculum, we seek to equip children with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to think creatively and critically, to investigate and to ask questions to enable them to gain a greater understanding, knowledge and appreciation of the world and their place in it.

At each stage of their geography education, children will deepen their locational knowledge, place knowledge and understanding of human and physical geography. Geographical skills will be built upon at each stage, providing children with distinctive tools with which to successfully navigate and engage with their world at a local, national and international level. Outdoor learning experiences will be at the heart of children’s Geography learning. Children will begin to develop their fieldwork and observational skills by studying their school and its grounds before carrying out a more detailed study of the local area in Key Stage 2. Technology and high-quality texts, will be used to enrich children’s locational and place knowledge as well as developing their understanding of human and physical geography, diverse places and peoples. We encourage children to draw upon the skills taught across the curriculum to support them in their geography learning. The teaching of Geography will be rich in first-hand learning experiences. Educational visits and visitors both within the local community and beyond will be used to enrich the learning experiences of all children and promote awe and wonder.

It is important to us that all our pupils leave St Nicholas as confident and competent geographers who enjoy learning about the world around them. We work hard to provide them with a deep understanding and secure foundation that can be successfully built on throughout their time at St Nicholas’, moving on to Secondary school and future adventures. We encourage independent, collaborative and resilient geographers who are motivated and want to make a difference, ensuring the children are aware that they have the potential to make a big impact on the world around them.



At St Nicholas we are committed to providing a curriculum for all where every child grows: 


  • Academically 
  • Socially 
  • Morally 
  • In aspiration 
  • To be prepared for the next phase in their academic journey and be spiritually nourished. 

To achieve excellence in all that they do in the knowledge that we love one another as God loves you. 






    To have half termly block lessons on Geography


·         Purposeful lesson and activities that include learning beyond the classroom.


·         Enthusiastic teaching and modelling


·         Consistent approach to all topics


·         Opportunities to ‘rewind’ learning and reflect on their ‘sticky knowledge’


·         Well-resourced lessons e.g. maps, atlases, compass, photographs


·         Children to know how to read and use basic maps.


·         Children to become more responsible for the environment and the school grounds


·         To know about the importance of recycling and the impact of climate change.


·         Children are excited to learn Geography


The children’s eyes are opened to the world around them. 

Knowledge Organisers

Spring 2022