Geography at St Silas

As geographers, our children will gain a depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding of the world, its environments and places both near and far, and the processes that create and affect them both human and physical. Our geography curriculum encourages children to appreciate and understand how the world works and the interconnections between communities and cultures as well as allowing them to consider how they can themselves be respectful, sensitive and accepting of the world.
We believe children are active participants and investigators within geography and value fieldwork as an essential part of the curriculum allowing them to explore, make connections and comparisons and identify patterns and changes. Geographical enquiry and skills are embedded throughout teaching to ensure skills are transferrable and progressive. Our curriculum allows our children exposure to experiences they wouldn’t otherwise have access in order to gain a greater understanding of the wider world through the use of primary sources such as field work and secondary sources such as digital and physical maps, atlases, globes photographs and books.

Pupils in Foundation Stage will:
Understanding the World

People and Communities
Talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

The World
Know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

Pupils in Key Stage 1 will:

  • Study their school, grounds and local area and contrast with another area in the United Kingdom and abroad, finding out about the physical features of the area and the people who live there using fieldwork and photographs
  • Learn about and locate the main countries and cities within the United Kingdom and the seas surrounding, using maps, atlases and globes, as well as identify and locate the main continents and oceans around the world
  • Carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom, observing and recording weather and identifying seasonal changes in the United Kingdom
  • Be introduced to geographical vocabulary to refer to human and physical features of the environment

Pupils in Key Stage 2 will:

  • Investigate, compare and contrast a variety of people, places and environments in the United Kingdom and around the world using photographs, maps, atlas’ and globes
  • Discover how and why the earth is changing and how this affects them and future generations
  • Identify and locate European countries and countries in North and South America, counties and cities within the United Kingdom and the significance of longitude, latitude and time zones
  • Carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom, asking questions and using maps, atlas, globes and compasses linking to computing and other areas of the curriculum

Geography Subject Leader

Miss Payne is our geography subject leader. She is currently teaching in Year 6 and is working towards our school achieving the Primary Geography Quality Mark in July 2020. Miss Payne loves exploring outdoors and taking long walks in the countryside with her family, in particular the Lake District where you will find her most school holidays. She is therefore very passionate about providing similar experiences for the children at St Silas as well as sharing her passion for Geography, exploring the world and becoming more sustainable.


Mr Ellis is our Eco-Committee leader. He has recently recruited a team of pupils who will be reviewing how environmentally friendly our school is before creating actions to help us become more sustainable. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook page to find out what they have been up to! 

Links for Parents

The Geographical Association – this membership allows teachers to keep up to date with the latest research within Geography 

DigiMap for Schools provides children the opportunity to explore OS maps both present day and historical for Great Britain and more recently the rest of the world, to learn about grid references and discover countries to street level. It is used within school for local studies and compare and contrast work. It is ideal for young minds discovering about their environment and discussing topical events. Your child will be given a password to access this website from home. Take a look!

First News – this is a newspaper written for children. These newspapers and online resources are used regularly within our curriculum to explore current topical events both locally and around the globe.