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"Geography underpins a lifelong
‘conversation’ about the earth as the
home of humankind."
Geography Association

Mission Statement

Rooted in gospel values St Cecilia’s Catholic School Community lives together, learns together, loves together.

Geography Policy:

Vision

 

At St Cecilia’s Catholic Junior School, we feel it is important to encourage a curiosity and respect for the world around us and a sense of pride in where we come from. Through our geography curriculum and valuable learning experiences, we prepare our pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to make sense of the world and face the challenges that will shape our societies and environments at local, national and global scales.

 

Throughout the school, children will learn about diverse cultures, people and places, allowing them to thrive socially, morally, culturally and spiritually. They will explore human and physical features, discuss how these differ across the world and consider the processes that form and change them.

 

At our school, we also aim to build upon pupils’ skills, conceptual understanding and use of geographical vocabulary. We believe that this underpins thinking ‘geographically’ about the changing world and will prepare our pupils to live sustainably.

Geography Progression Map & Milestones:

Geography Curriculum Overview:

Geography Key Concepts

What we’re up to!

 

You can find out what we are up to by visiting out Twitter page @StCeciliascjs

 

And search for the following hashtag;

#StCeciliasGeography

At St Cecilia's Catholic Junior School, the teaching of geography is at the heart of the Spring Term's 'Explore' theme. Each year group will embark upon meaningful projects to answer a 'BIG QUESTION'. 

 

Year 3 - What impact does Tectonic activity have on the Earth?

Year 4 - How does water change our world?

Year 5 - How does the relationship between biomes and climate affect biodiversity?

Year 6 - Are we damaging our world?

 

Take a look at some of the amazing work that the children completed during their projects!

Year 3: What impact does tectonic activity have on the Earth?

Year 3 had an exciting day learning all about earthquakes and volcanoes with One Day Creative! They enjoyed exploring this topic through lots of drama and games.

Year 4: How does water change our world?

Year 5: How does the relationship between biomes and climate affect biodiversity?

Year 5 had a wonderful time learning about climate zones and biomes with Freshwater Theatre Company!

Year 6: Are we damaging our world?

Take a look at our pupils' geography learning over the years!

Year 3:

Studying the Earth's structure:

Year 3 Big Finish - PowerPoint presentations to answer our enquiry question. 

 

For our Big Finish, we answered our geography enquiry question 'What impact does tectonic activity have on Earth?'

In groups, we put together PowerPoint presentations to answer this question and demonstrated EVERYTHING we have learnt during our geography lessons! Take a look at our incredible work!

The children also received feedback from a geography expert at Liverpool Hope University. Take a look at the constructive response below!

Volcanoes and Earthquakes:

Year 3 have been studying volcanoes and earthquakes during their geography lessons, we then used Shadow Puppet Edu to show off facts we have learnt about volcanoes.

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Year 3 Big Finish - Letters to David Attenborough (2020 -2021)

Year 4:

Using map skills to locate rivers in the UK:

Mersey Rivers Trust:

Year 4 received a visit from the Mersey Rivers Trust. They brought invertebrates from the River Mersey for the children to look at.

Mersey Rivers Trust:

Year 4 Remotely discussing the importance of conserving rivers with Mersey Rivers Trust

Year 4 Big Finish: Presenting their new knowledge to The Mersey Rivers Trust

During their weekly Kahoot quiz, the pupils revisited their Spring Term geography knowledge!

Year 5:

Studying world biomes:

Year 5 Big Finish: News broadcasts and Powerpoint presentations to Miss Hawkins

Year 6:

Comparing the pros and cons of urban and rural areas:

The effects of coastal erosion. Do HUMANS have an impact?

Coastal Erosion: Y6 wrote letters to Withernsea Council in the voice of a local resident.

Year 6 delivering letters to our local community about plastic bottle collection.

Year 6 collecting plastic waste from our local community.

Y6 designing and making posters, ready to protest about the effects of plastic pollution

Year 6: Making a visual statement about the damage plastic pollution causes to our ocean biome.

We are Geographers and Conservationists

Year 6 visited the National Trust Site in Formby to find out about coastal environments.  The children had a lovely time finding out about how the damage we are doing to our world is impacting coastal regions and damaging the future of our planet.  We even found time to explore on the beach.

Local MP Ian Byrne came to visit us in school and had a very important message to promote. We must think about our future and do our best to be considerate citizens of our world.

Pupil Voice:

What our pupils think about Geography at St Cecilia's.

 

Isla (Year 3) - It is important that we learn about earthquakes and volcanoes because we need to know how to react.

River (Year 3) - I liked learning about where lava comes from.

 

Grace (Year 4) - I liked learning about how a river is formed from the Water Cycle.

Purissima (Year 4) - I liked using an atlas to find countries and rivers.

 

Savannah (Year 5) - I have learnt that deforestation, pollution and global warming can affect a biome.

James (Year 5) - I liked learning about the weather in South America.

 

Kaitlyn (Year 6) - Biomes are important because they provide different environments and habitats for animals. Animals are adapted to certain environments.

Mason (Year 6) - We can protect biomes by stopping deforestation and using less palm oil.

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