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Our Curriculum


"He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in." (Isaiah 40:22)


At St James, we want children to have a thirst and curiosity for knowledge about the world. We want children to have a keen interest in answering questions about the natural and human features of the world we live in, but also know about their place within it. Geography is an investigative subject and we want children to be able to transfer their geographical skills across the curriculum. We want the children at St James to celebrate the diversity of people, environments and resources from around the world. 



Throughout the curriculum, we have ensured that children study a breadth of countries from around the world, exploring in detail the locational knowledge, human and physical features, as well as learning about the people and their culture. The local area and the surrounding areas of London are fully utilised for first-hand experiences such as school trips and fieldwork. We use our own progression of skills' documents, formed from the National Curriculum, which allows knowledge and skills to be developed year by year. Through the integration of working scientifically, children look at the links between geography and science, creating a dynamic transfer of skills. Existing knowledge is checked each lesson, as well as the pupils' voice, which informs the teaching, and appropriate tasks are used to stretch and challenge all children.  


The children at St James will be keen geographers, who will have an extensive base of geographical skills and vocabulary, that helps them communicate their knowledge of the world. Children will be able to clearly discuss how places are interdependent and interconnected and how human and physical environments of the world are interrelated. Children will aspire to discover more about the local area and the greater world through reading, the media or exploration of travel. Pupils at St James know they are able to voice their opinions and can use their voices to express themselves.  


Below outlines the knowledge covered by each year group, as well as the key skills which are taught through these topics. 

If you would like to complete a home project on your current topic, it would be warmly welcomed by your teachers. You can use some of the links below to help. 

Links to Geography home learning: 

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