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St Nicholas of Tolentine Catholic Primary School

Where charity and love are, God is there


At St. Nicholas of Tolentine RC Primary School, we follow the National Curriculum for Geography.  Geography forms a vibrant and essential part of the school curriculum. Children's understanding of local and global issues are essential for preparing them to be active and responsible citizens in the 21st century.  A range of geographical skills, knowledge and values form a key part of the Geography curriculum in order for children to become critical thinkers who understand the world, who challenge stereotypes of people and places and develop a respectful attitude towards caring for the world and its future.


We cover the following topics:

Year 1

The United Kingdom and our local area of Easton in Bristol.

Year 2

Uganda, Africa.

Year 3 

Bristol and Refugees

Years 4/5 A

A Journey through Europe

Years 4/5 BNorth and South America - El Salvador

Year 6

Food and Fair Trade.


Throughout KS1 and KS2, children will go on an exciting learning journey in Geography.


In Year 1, children will learn about the United Kingdom – the four countries that make up the United Kingdom and their capital cities, and will have the opportunity to explore the geographical features our local area.

Children will learn how to create a simple map with a key.

Children will learn about the location of hot and cold places in the world – the Equator and North and South Poles.  They will learn about the weather in the United Kingdom – its seasons and daily weather patterns and will learn how to keep a simple record of the weather.


In Year 2, children will learn about continents and oceans and will take an imaginary flight to Uganda, in the continent of Africa, where they will learn about the geographical features of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, and Kisoro – the town in S.W. Uganda where our partner school is located.  They will learn about the daily life of children in Kisoro and develop a reciprocal respectful partnership.  They will identify similarities and differences between Bristol and Kisoro.


Click on our ‘International Links’ page to find out more about our partner school in Uganda.


Children will learn to use world maps, globes and atlases.

Children will learn how to use simple grid references (A2, B3) to locate features on a map, and to give directions using the four points of a compass – north, south, east and west.



In Year 3, children will learn more about the United Kingdom – its key geographical features, including mountains, lakes, rivers, seas and cities, and will focus on the city of Bristol.

Children will learn to identify the key geographical features of Bristol on 'Google Earth' and on an O.S. map of Bristol, how to use 4 and 6 figure grid references to locate features and how to give directions using the 8 points of a compass.

Our school is a ‘School of Sanctuary’ - a place of welcome and safety for all – and children will have the opportunity to learn about refugees.  What are refugees and where do they come from?  Children will think about how we can make refugees welcome in our community. 

There will be an opportunity for children to learn more about their own journeys to Bristol.


In Years 4 /5 (Year A), children will learn about Europe - its key geographical features, including countries, capital cities, mountains, rivers, lakes and seas. 

Children will learn more about refugees and about Ahmet, an imaginary refugee boy from Syria (based on the book ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by Onjali Q. Rauf) who comes to the U.K.  They will look at the route that Ahmet takes from Syria to the U.K, learning about the countries in Europe that he passes through on his journey, focusing on France.  Children will have the opportunity to learn some words and phrases in French in our Modern Languages lessons. 


In Years 4 /5 (Year B), children will learn about the key geographical features of North and South America - mountains, rivers, lakes, rainforests, countries and capital cities before taking an imaginary flight to El Salvador, where they will learn about the key geographical features of El Salvador, including earthquakes and volcanoes.

Children will learn about the significance of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, lines of latitude, including the Equator, Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and Arctic and Antarctic circles, and longitude including the Greenwich (Prime) Meridian.  They will learn about time zones.


In Years 5 / 6, children will learn about Food and Fair Trade.  After exploring where in the world different foods come from, they will focus on bananas.  They will learn where bananas grow and why  - looking at climate zones - and will create a fact file about one of the countries in South America where bananas are grown.  They will look at the journey of a banana to the U.K.  They will learn about Fair Trade and why this is important.


In Geography, we use fiction and non-fiction books to make links with literature and this is further developed in writing, where all children will focus on persuasive writing where they will be able to be successful in demonstrating their geographical knowledge.