St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School,
West Close Road, Barnoldswick
BB18 5EN

01282 813045

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History and Geography

Geography at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Intent, Implementation and Impact of our Geography Curriculum

Geography Subject Leader- Catherine Naylor


Geography at St Joseph’s aims to inspire; giving pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them forever. We aim to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. Alongside this knowledge and understanding, children will develop geographical skills; collecting and analysing data and using globes, maps, photos and digital mapping tools. Critical thinking will be encouraged when considering local and global geographical issues. Children will know and use subject specific vocabulary and will communicate their knowledge in a variety of ways. Practical research and enquiry are key aspects of Geography teaching and every child will take part in fieldwork every year.


At St Joseph’s we use National Curriculum objectives as the starting point for our Geography planning and use Lancashire’s cross-curricular unit planning documents where appropriate. In addition, we take into account the local circumstances of our school and the knowledge and interests of staff when choosing localities to study.

In our mixed-age classes, Geography topics are mapped across a 2-year plan to ensure complete skills coverage across the key stages. Our long term curriculum planning also maximises opportunities for cross-curricular linkage; using broader topics to link Geography with Science, English, Art and Music.

Each class undertakes fieldwork during the summer term. Class teachers work with the subject leader when planning fieldwork to ensure quality provision and progression of skills throughout the school.


We expect that, by the end of Year 6, our pupils will have the skills and knowledge they will need to access the KS3 Geography curriculum. They will have sense of curiosity about the world and a mental ‘bucket-list’ of places in the world they would like to find out more about or visit in the future. Our pupils will have an awareness of and an interest in the world around them and be able to think critically about real life local and global issues.  

 Geography Long Term Plan 2018-19 & 2019-20.pdfDownload
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Unlocking the history of the canal.

Classes 3 and 4 had a super trip; plain sailing on the canal.  They learnt about the history of the canal; wide boats and in particular the Kennet which has won a National Heritage award.  Children received hands on experience of what it would have been like to live on the boat and an understanding of the cargo it would have carried.  Through the carousel of activities, they were shown how the locks operated and the history of the canal.  All the children really enjoyed this short sail into history.