Geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. It should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.

We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in order to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. The Geography programme of study is delivered through the school’s foundation curriculum; whereby our pupils access all areas of the Geography National Curriculum through themed topics of study. Our Geography Curriculum explores London and the rest of the UK and makes comparisons with other countries around the world. The children also have the opportunity to understand our world, the natural wonders and the climate and the impact this has in our future.

At St James’ Junior School, we also understand the value of extended learning through educational trips, visits and experts visiting our school. In our hall are huge displays of maps of Europe and the United Kingdom to help children identify and locate places within these countries


  • To ensure that all pupils develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes.
  • To ensure that all pupils understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time.
  • To ensure that all pupils are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
  • Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes;
  • Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS);
  • Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Curriculum Plans