Geography at St Bartholomew’s inspires our children to see beyond their current locality. We create global citizens who have a hunger and desire to one day travel the world. Lots of our children haven’t ever visited other places. This means that first hand experiences have been limited, so we endeavour to provide them for them. From a young age, our children see the issues of how climate change is destroying our beautiful planet and we are motivated and driven to make a real change in the world that we live in. we also celebrate our local area and everything that Armley and Leeds have to offer.  

Our high-quality geography education inspires pupils and creates a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching equips 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. At St Bartholomew’s, we value our diverse community that we serve and embrace and celebrate where children come from.

As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world helps them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.  

Curriculum - Geography

Curriculum - Geography - Useful Links

Royal Geological Society - Royal Geological Society – News and resources and articles

Travel Guide - A travel guide for many many destinations in the world

World Atlas - An immersive free online atlas resource which can be used to supplement any learning of topics in class.

World Topics Blog- An online blog regarding maps and up to date world topics.

Curriculum - Geography - Exploring the Local Area

Year 1 have really enjoyed exploring the local area around our school. They visited places of interest such as the library, the church and the leisure centre and were able to understand why these places are important.

Following the walk children will be constructing their own maps of the local area and will use compass directions to help explain where key buildings are. In English children will be using their first hand knowledge of the locality to write about what they saw.


Curriculum - Geography - Leeds Bus Tour

Year 2 went on a little blue bus tour of Leeds this week, just like London tourists go on a Big Red Bus tour of London. We saw, photographed and learnt about Leeds Town Hall, Leeds Arena, Leeds Kirkgate Market, the Recycling Centre and Elland Road. The children loved the trip and got to experience what it was like to be a tourist. Ask them about the landmarks of Leeds or London and see what they can tell you.


Curriculum - Geography - The Great Fire of London

When year 2 had a visitor a few weeks ago, he asked them to redesign London after the devastation of The Great Fire of London. Each child was given a piece to design, ensuring houses were made from stone or brick, not combustibles like wood, that the houses were spread out and the there were plenty of churches and amenities. This is what class 7 created.


Curriculum - Geography - Rainforests

One of our children has completed some extra homework looking at the Strawberry Dart Frog and finding information about it. He has also drawn a Blue and Yellow Macaw, all as part of our rainforest topic. 


Curriculum - Geography - Canada

Years 3 and 4 have been busy researching Canada for our homework this week!

We have worked hard to find out many interesting facts about Canada - Did you know Canada has the longest coastline in the world?

We can't wait to find out about even more countries over the next few weeks.


Curriculum - Geography - France

Years 3 and 4 have had a fantastic time researching France at home for our geography challenge of finding out about as many different countries as possible!

We also related it to our French topic of food and used it to inform our French menus that we are making.


Curriculum - Geography - Field Trip

Years 3 and 4 enjoyed doing some local fieldwork. Through our studies of the local area, we went out and completed sketch drawings of the canal and famous buildings in Armley. 


Curriculum - Geography - Food Miles

Class 14 have been investigating food miles: we found out where some of our favourite foods come from around the world and how many km they have travelled before reaching our shelves in Leeds. We discussed environmental impact and what it means for the future of our planet.